Supple Art

The Post Newspaper, Year, Gab Knowles

Supple Art

JOLIMONT-BASED painter Shannon Hamiton believes five years of belly dancing training helped give her paintings fluid movement and energy.

Hamilton said her free expressionist style and bold bush strokes enlivened her canvases in the style of the Fauve movement, which used violent colour and distorted form.

“The spirit and freedom of the Fauvists strongly appealed to my style-the use of broad brush strokes that enable viewers to appreciate my canvas from all distances and perspectives,” she said.

The 28-year old artist has traveled extensively and said her works reflected places she had visited and were expressions of her feelings. After graduating from Hollywood Senior High School, Shannon spent months in France studying artists such as Monet, Lautrec and Picasso before returning to Perth and completing a UWA Fine Arts degree.

In her early 20’s, she lived with families in Kenya and traveled through Egypt, Turkey and Asia.

Hamilton said colour was pivotal to her paintings. “my work reflects years of experimenting with the use of light, colour and texture to portray the essence of Australian landscapes and personalities” she said.

Hamilton is based at Maverick Unbranded Gallery and Artist’s studios in Jolimont. She is holding a solo exhibition there titled “In the Flesh”. Works featured include sensual nudes and figurative beach scenes.

The exhibition is on from Aug 16 to 25 and the gallery is open each day from 10am to 3pm.