Chris O'Brien Shanahan

visual art



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mixed images
fenor bog
rainforest aviary
Forêt des Maures


art workshops
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Moving On pen on paper, cobs

Moving On, pen on watercolour paper, cobs 2013

Origin oil on canvas 2012 cobs

remnant cobs

Evening Light - oil on canvas nov 2011

winter solstice 2007

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.

Latest NEWS

Slow Art Day - Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Waterford, April 12th from 11am to 2 pm

This year’s annual Slow Art Day takes place on April 12th. This global event is run by volunteers. The aim is to facilitate engagement with art in a new way - ‘if you look slowly, your experience will be transformed.’ Over 160 galleries around the world have signed up so far over.

Three month artist residency at SOMA Contemporary Gallery Waterford

February 2014 : Am working on an art installation as part of the continuing weave series of works, and delighted to have to space to work with materials grown and harvested from our own garden. The installation is inspired by a 2012 painting ‘nine nests’ which was created in response to Bealtaine Festival.

GROUP Exhibitions :

Scattering-Gathering exhibition to travel to Kilkenny Art Festival 9th - 18th August 2013

20ten are delighted to announce that the work will be shown in the 'Rose Corridor', Kilkenny Castle

Summer Collection - 20ten exhibition at Index Gallery 12th to 28th July

20ten exhibition at Index Gallery, Central Library, Waterford as part of Avenue Festival 11th & 28th of July 2013

CREATIVE Workshops :

Wednesdays 11.00am to 12.30pm, Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre:

Beginners painting workshops designed to guide participants through the creative process. The classes are designed for beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike. Current series run until 29th May, 2013 - visitors always welcome... more info ->

"Drawing: movement and line" Garter Lane Arts Centre 2pm Saturday 23 February, 2013

Artist talk and creative workshop took the inspiration behind 'Origin', 'Waiting' and 'Moving On' as a starting point and used the theme of movement: in space; time; memory; life; to explore the work by 20ten and guests: Willemien Koelink, Magdalena Karol, Kate-Bowe O'Brien and Andrea Caulfield. The 30 minute talk and tour was followed by a creative exploration of the theme. more info here ->


December 2012 The Same but Different - Soma Contemporary Art Gallery, Waterford -

A joint exhibition with Wexford artists from Studio Nine-Wexart and Transition Year students represented by local artist and facilitator Chris O’Brien Shanahan. more info ->

landscape : habitat earth : sky contour : line colour : light
  • Landscapes record the passage of time, the presence of man
  • Hedgerows mark boundaries and common ground
  • Horizon: a boundary between the seen & unseen; real & imagined
abstract landscape... echo of memory...
visual reminder of nature's colour ...
places visited ... journeys made...
  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