Chris O'Brien Shanahan

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tate-modern_cobs
Contour in green cobs
Zlendi Cove, photo 2008

background

Waterford artist, Christine O'Brien Shanahan, has been creating art works since graduating from art college in 1985. She completed a MA in Arts and Heritage Management (Hons) in 2009.

Her recent work is inspired by the hedges and tree-lines that visually impact on our landscape. Boundary lines that separate, link, divide, protect or connect people and places are central themes in the work. Since childhood she has seen hedges as remnants of ancient forests; as pathways that shelter wildlife and connect tracts of woodlands. Hedgerows ensure that biodiversity thrives in a range of environments - providing corridors along which plant, animal and birdlife migrate – in between and around our human existence. But these boundaries have a dual meaning: like creativity the connecting lines between or around individual and collective cultural identity offer glimpses of other states of being, perceptions and ways of seeing.

Christine's practice includes abstract & representational landscape elements: paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures and multi-media installation works. With artwork in public and private collections nationally and abroad, natural envirnment continues to be an integral element in her work, with themes of place and time recurring.

teaching

Chris teaches privately and in second level schools and colleges.
She was awarded the Waterford City Council ECO Grant to facilitate their TY Programme in 2011.
Now focusing mainly on painting and art appreciation workshops she has previously taught pottery and photography.

In late 1980s she trained as a therapist and worked in a number of government sponsored community and co-operative development programmes, facilitating early school-leaver programmes and art workshops in psychiatric day-care centres.

other

Chris and partner Michael, sound artist miXile, undertake short and long term creative collaborations. in 1992 they founded concept, a web site design company, and continue to support the Arts in Waterford including art, music, film, theatre and comedy festivals.

She is a member of the Waterford Arts Forum and VAI (Visual Artists Ireland).

Former member of Save Viking Waterford Action Group (SVWAG) highlighting the international signifigance of the Viking settlement at Woodstown.
As National Vice President of Network Ireland, the Organisation for Women in Business, the Professionals and the Arts, Chris co-hosted a Joint Meeting of the Finnish Delegation from South West Finland, Aisapari and Network Waterford in 2004.

 

cobs, May 2010 | contour in green, oil on canvas,2010 | Zlendi Cove, photo, 2008

  © Chris O'Brien Shanahan 2006- 2014, all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien Shanahan