Joe talks about his art and life! Enjoy!
Shannon’s work is entrenched with “realism.” Often he paints himself as in Joe at 88. He also loves nature and the nude. He has begun experimenting with collage and abstractions. Anything goes! Yes, he is having fun!
For most figurative artists the nude is a dominant motif. For Shannon it is linkage to the past, the future, and human vitality. Sir Kenneth Clark wrote that renderings of the nude could not be separated from sex. Right, SEX!
The human face is everywhere. In Shannon’s paintings, the expressive face is the key. Joe’s face everywhere is the lock.
Shannon attacks injustice without mercy! Racism, the Holocaust or poverty — any unfairness. Watch out you evil practitioners, the hammer is coming!
There is, of course, a lot of overlap in Joe Shannon’s work — interlocking and unlocking, so to speak — funny and socially friendly, then suddenly plain mean or grieving — then again, in another strange contrast — mythically pastoral.
It has been said that all of Shannon’s work is thematic, or rather, narrative. Think of “Dancelife,” the “life” dance. Get it?
Drawing is the foundation of figurative art. When you examine Joe’s drawings the range is classical, realistic, distorted, playful, derivative – Proudon, Degas, and of course the deeply embedded attachment to Picasso – and cartooning! Look and learn!
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