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Self portrait, 1981

Michael Shannon

pastel on paper (image: 86.1 cm x 65.0 cm)

Michael Shannon AM (1927 - 1993) was raised on a farm in South Australia and trained in painting at the NGV School and the George Bell School. He was one of a number of artists who studied with Jeffrey Smart in Europe after the war, and he took lessons in Paris from Fernand Léger between 1949 and 1952. Experimenting extensively with the medium of pastel, through the seventies and eighties he produced works in series, including panoramas of cities and suburbs, large canvases of quarries and bushland, and studio interiors. For some years during the 1970s he was Melbourne art critic for The Australian. His work is represented in all major Australian galleries.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Les Rowe 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 1998.5

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Artist and subject

Michael Shannon (age 54 in 1981)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Les Rowe (2 portraits)

Related portraits

1. Geoffrey Parsons, 1972. All Michael Shannon.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.