February 9, 2018
Concerns about becoming bogged in his own driveway prevented a multi award-winning artist from attending the opening of his first exhibition in almost two years.
Shannus O’Sullivan, who lives in Hivesville, was unable to attend the Wondai Regional Art Gallery’s February exhibition opening last Friday due to the wet weather.
But his stunning glaze paintings of desolate outback landscapes and frolicking beach-goers in the main gallery were the centre of attention for the 50 people who braved the weather.
Shannus’ “Twists and Turns” is an exhibition of his most recent works, intermingled with a few older works that have been seen at local galleries in the past few years.
His last one-man exhibition – his 40th – was at the Kingaroy Art Gallery in May 2016.
Since then, he has had a few works appear in mixed exhibitions at both the Kingaroy and Wondai galleries.
Last October, his painting “Crossroads” won the $3000 first prize in the South Burnett Art Competition.
It was added to the South Burnett Regional Council’s permanent collection, the second of his works they’ve acquired in the past 10 years.
The win appears to have galvanised the artist, who has taken up his brush again to produce the distinctive, luminous paintings that have become his trademark.
Shannus uses a very time-consuming layering process to create his colourful artworks that involves applying multiple layers of colours, glazes and varnish.
The work is so time-consuming that even a simple painting can take three to four weeks to create but the final effect is breathtaking.
Shannus formerly lived in the Hunter Valley and he and his wife Evelyn moved to the South Burnett in 2004.
He has studied under some of Australia’s leading artists, including John Olsen and Rodney Milgate, and his drawing style has often been compared to Sir Russell Drysdale.
On Friday night, Shannus’ work, “The Hole In The Clover Patch”, won the People’s Choice Award.
This month, in addition to main exhibition, the gallery has two others as well.
In the front gallery, members of the Tangled Threads textile art group have a display of themed textile wall hangings.
And in the rear gallery, South Burnett Volunteer Of The Year Rhonda Trivett and her friend Rhondda Jones are displaying “Escape From The Past”, a mixed collection of their own works.
Students from Tingoora State School have also gone all out in Kidz Korner this month to create an amusing jungle scene.