Bold Reflective Paintings of Vehicles
Shannon “Shan” Fannin is recognized internationally for her vibrant and bold paintings of vehicles that display superb artistic skills and attention to detail. Although many reviewers categorize her work as Photorealism, she considers each piece approximately 10% self expression/abstraction. Manhattan Arts International chose her outstanding work to receive an Award of Excellence in the exhibition “HERStory 2017”.
The artist was born in Long Beach, California and currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband of 27 years and their college student son. That’s where she creates large canvas paintings up to 6′ long and is working towards painting full size vehicles. She paints reflection segments for each work with her hands and brushes, and elaborates the distorted landscape within.
About her artwork she states, “Vehicles are more than appliances to get us from Point A to B – they are mobile sculptures that reflect our personality. My paintings capture some of that personality with the vehicles from our past, or those we dream of one day driving. The greatest compliment I can receive is when my viewer not only appreciates the subject depicted, but happily shares memories/dreams of why the painting speaks personally to them.”
Her large paintings are primarily created in acrylics (pens, spray, hard/soft body, and ink), although she will occasionally incorporate gouache, ink, or water-soluble graphite. She strives to connect with her viewers/collectors on a personal level by depicting vehicles from their past, or those they wish to own.
The artist’s vehicle paintings have been featured in numerous international art, car, and women’s publications in the U.S., Greece, U.K., and Italy. She has been published in North Light Books Acrylic Works 5, and her vintage “Porsche 356” painting was featured on the cover of Porsche Club of America Horizons Magazine. Her 4’x6’ 1963 “Mercury Monterey” painting took grand prize at the Texas State University “BIG Show” in 2016.
Fannin’s solo exhibitions, at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the Link & Pin Gallery have attracted rave reviews. She has been in many group exhibitions including those with the National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society Best Of America, American Women Artists at the Tucson Museum of Art, Hilton Head Biennale, The Salmughundi Club, Austin International Airport, National Association of Women Artists, among others.
The artist was one of the 13 international finalists for the Artslant Georgia Fee Paris Residency. She has been a guest on Cars, Yeah! Podcast, a motivational speaker for the Creative Women’s Summit, and has shared her love for vehicles and painting on television and radio programs.
Fannin earned a college scholarship to become a special needs art teacher; however, she put becoming an artist on hold for marriage, a career in marketing, owning a mural business, and raising and homeschooling her son. She taught elementary school art for two years through a private academy. After a 25-year hiatus from an art career, she took college art courses to reacquaint herself with mediums, and began building her expressionistic style.
When her husband added a 1961 Ford Thunderbird to their garage, Fannin began attending car shows with him. Mesmerized by the reflections and sleek lines, she made the correlation between their bodies and the figurative drawings she had been creating. Her husband encouraged her to paint a vehicle and when she accepted the challenge she knew that being a vehicle artist would be her future.
Shan Fannin serves as a guest writer for art publications such as Arts on Art, Create! Magazine, Where Women Create Business, and we look forward to reading her articles on Manhattan Arts International.
Banner image: “1959 Cadillac El Dorado”, 24″ x 36″ x 1.5″, acylic/ink blocks.
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