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Shannon Holt, Shannon Holt Art

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Erie, PA

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Tyler School of Art (Temple university), 1998, BFA

exhibition/performance, graffiti/street-art, traditional, modern, surrealism, realism, pop, conceptual, performance, video-art, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, body painting, fine art, body art, makeup, body-makeup, theatrical makeup

Where Fine Art Meets a Human Surface

 A note from the artist:  

When Iam painting, I try to find what can be pushed in a fresh direction. I have always been a figurative artist and have a great affinity with the female form. That curiosity has led me to a place where I incorporate my fine art and illustrations on the body of  human models.  These are relatively quick paintings, that take lots of forethought and prep for a job that has to be completed on a time clock.  You can't leave your model on the easel to dry overnight to look at her fresh in the morning.  Body art is ephemeral, and won't look perfect after 45 minutes under hot lights at the photoshoot.  The image of the work, or the experience of the performance is the only remains of the original artwork. This idea of putting so much creativity and passion into a six or eight hour painting that simply won't be there in the morning, is what makes the viewing of live body art so special.  It affords the viewer an intimacy which is different than the experience they would have gazing at museum masterpieces, which have seemingly eternal lives.  The audience also has to be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to enjoy live body art, and also will have a relationship experience with the model, who moves the art around, even as she breathes.  Then, the model also has her experience wearing the art, the closest and most comfortable couture in the world.  My body painting is living art.  It is my dream to create shameless fine art body paintings in Europe and in theme with my passion for art history.  I love painting mastercopies, and it is how I learn from my favorite artists.  I love giving my art this new dimension by combining the images of history, with the body as the picture plane, not necesarily the subject of the painting, but important to the significance of the piece, in much the same way that a frame supports the integrity of and compliments an artwork.  


Thinking creatively has been a way of life for visual artist and body painter, Shannon Holt.  She always strives to excel with her continued arts training and reaches to master her own artistic language by visiting museums and galleries and talking to other artists often.  Shannon began her serious art studies at Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts and Chautauqua School of Art in New York.  As an adult, she studied abroad with a small scholarship in Rome, and received a Bachelors of Fine Art from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia after five years in 1998.  Her major concentrations at university were Painting,  Drawing, and Art Education with special interest in Art History.  Shannon has been making a living as a fine artist since graduating from art school, and has found herself in the arts industry in positions such as art teaching, mural painting, even busking face and body painting at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and other major festivals as an arts entertainer.  She continues to travel and body paint at exclusive private parties, fairs, festivals  and corporate events around the country as well as continuing to become a more accomplished artist, keeping in practice with canvas and two dimensional art in her studio.   Shannon knows the importance of illuminating art history’s ideals, as well as her own personal language in her body paintings.  She strives to be better than her last painting and looks forward to impressing her art and body art performance pieces upon the world’s stage.   



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