Chris O'Brien Shanahan
Chris O'Brien Shanahan has been creating visual art works since graduating from art college in 1985. The work is inspired by our natural environment and changing seasons.
Boundary lines that separate, link, divide, protect or connect people and places are central themes in my work. Since childhood I have thought of hedges as remnants of ancient forests; as pathways - sheltering wildlife and connecting tracts of woodlands. They reveal glimpses of places to explore - between and beyond. The changing colours of nature and their impact on our subconscious are important.
Within our creativity the boundary lines connect 'between' or 'around' individual and collective cultural identities; offering glimpses of other states of being, perceptions and ways of seeing.
Facilitated creative workshops, installation and collaborative work reflect the ethos of the 'slow movement' - supporting creativity, valuing local cultural and natural heritage and exploring new ways of promoting natural and sustainable development. Christine exhibits with 20ten.
The inaugural Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) Pop-Up ‘Common Room’ Café
Takes place on 27th July, 2pm to 5pm, at Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford. Co-hosted by Chris O'Brien Shanahan and 20ten the Arts Gathering is about, by and for Visual Artists. more info here ->
Gable End Walking Tour of Municipal Art Collection, 7pm on Friday 12th July
A Short Guide to the Municipal Art Gable End Project - Featuring paintings from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection on permanent display on buildings in Waterford City Centre as part of Avenue Festival
GROUP Exhibitions :
Scattering-Gathering exhibition to travel to Kilkenny Art Festival 9th - 18th August 2013
Summer Collection - 20ten exhibition at Index Gallery 12th to 28th July
7 February to 27 March 2013 - Scattering-Gathering, Garter Lane Arts Centre
CREATIVE Workshops :
"Capturing Sunshine" a Summer Collection Workshop : Saturday 20th July 11 to 12.30am
Wednesdays 11.00am to 12.30pm, Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre:
"Drawing: movement and line" Garter Lane Arts Centre 2pm Saturday 23 February, 2013
December 2012 The Same but Different - Soma Contemporary Art Gallery, Waterford -
|Moving On, pen on paper, 2013 | Waiting, pen on paper, 2013 | Origin, oil on canvas, 2012 | the same But Different, installation, 2012 | Evening Light, oil on canvas, 2011 | winter solstice, photographic print, '07|
|© Chris O'Brien Shanahan 2006- 2013, all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien Shanahan|