The flyer, featuring 'Dark Matter'
Here's a link to an interview with me by Brad Marsellos for ABC Open! ... Billy Shannon: Nocturne at Cross Gallery If the link is broken try this one.. Alternate mp3
The van is packed and off we go!!
Clinton Cross, was fantastic at laying out the work in his space!
It was a great day, hanging the work with Sona and Clinton. Loads of fun and we worked quite efficiently in a fairly tight schedule.
1380 x 1020mm, 2017
Acrylic on canvas, $4,000
Richard Causer, a contemporary dancer working with Expressions Dance Company, sees sleep as incomplete and broken shapes.
Re-looking at some work preparing for 'Nocturne'
I sometimes decide that works have more questions to answer. More details, feelings and thoughts need to emerge..
Oh yeah, the ubiquitous cat play area is rather prominent today..
The studio on August 21st, about 2 weeks before the show!
I sometimes decide that works have more questions to answer, more details, feelings and thoughts need to emerge..
Friends stole a spark from the Sun
to light the subterranean night,
because the eyes of man in dying
search out the Sun; and all breasts
send their last sigh to the light that flies
A Spark from the Sun
1910 x580mm, 2017
Acrylic on canvas and a real coffin lid (cardboard, for cremation), $2,000
All set up! I'm extremely happy with how the show looks! The rough, industrial space lifts my work and the beautiful couch in the centre compliments it perfectly!
How to get there! (with Google Maps)
We hit the ground running after leaving Brisbane a 7am, arriving in Bundaberg at 11 with a clear schedule in mind
Sona Babajanyan looking rather convincing with a drill! I added some lights to leave for the gallery.
Perhaps Sona's a little scary with that drill..!
Creative Fire - Asher Bowen-Saunders
970 x 970mm, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas, $2,400
Sleep informs many creative artists, Asher is an acrobat and contemporary dancer based in Brisbane, working both nationally and internationally. In her painting, I am looking at the creative inspiration that sometimes comes to us in dreams as well as Asher's specific creative fire.
Stages of Sleep
1220 x 1530mm, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas, $5,000
Emma Hawthorne, a singer/dancer on tour in Australia with the musical, Mama Mia. As with most physical performers, she rolled around quite a lot during her several 'sleep sessions', so I just kept painting her as she moved. For me, this painting shows Emma's sleep unravelling her day's activities and indicates her self-nurturing nature and positive life choices.
Around the time that I was painting this, I started researching the science and structure of sleep, which inspired some thoughts in Emma's painting by the various layers of sleep cycles. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep is when we dream, but it follows 3 non-rem periods (N1, N2 and N3) each with different EEG patterns and healing properties. We have several sleep cycles throughout the night lasting about 45 minutes each and in between each cycle we often wake for a few seconds, although we forget it by the morning. I tried to depict the feeling of her moving between the cycles and even breaching the surface of sleep during one of these moments of waking.
A work in progress..
Chloe de Buyl-Pisco, listening to whales, dreaming of them and communicating with them.
1020 x 1530mm,2017
Acrylic on canvas, $3,500
Shannon Berry Bam is a circus performer involved with Vulcana Women's Circus in Brisbane and we have worked on several paintings together. Like almost all of the physical performers, her sleep is both restorative and highly active and almost every time I'd look back from my canvas to her, she would be in a slightly different position. I love all of that and just keep painting them in their various new places and wait for them to cycle around again to approximate positions to continue my work.
610 x 1530mm, 2017
Acrylic on Canvas, $2,200
Independent Brisbane performer and writer, Danielle Lisa, is deeply involved in the spirit of life, energy, human spirit, the spirit of love. This imbues all of her creative ourpourings and personal interactions. Danielle also perceives sleep as oval-shaped. These thoughts led me to the Planck image of the known universe and how we are all connected and affected by all around us.