Vancouver-born Shannon Belkin is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Belkin was first known for her bold, yet sensitive portraits which captured the inner life of her subject. These portraits hang in corporate, private and institutional collections across the United States and Canada.
In her first solo exhibition, “Nature’s Prozac” (2001), she portrayed sensuous, highly detailed flowers and berries in large-scale format. These paintings, which symbolized the intricate interaction between human and nature.
In “Fleur Illumine” (2002), Belkin presented singular, brilliantly exotic flowers, again huge and powerful.
The 2004 exhibit featured a stunning series of large-scale portraits of horses. “When Horses Were Gods” was inspired by equine mythologies around the globe.
As described by Douglas Coupland in his essay”…somewhere inside Shannon’s new body of work she has made the critical connection between humanity and nature-the ability of heightened nature, (expressed within the size and detail of the painting,) to harness, redirect and calm the overloaded mind.”
Belkin’s new body of work is an exploration of stereotypical gender roles and gender identity. She is represented by Melissa Morgan Fine Art.