Shannon Crees

Artist Shannon Crees lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Shannon was the only Australian artist included in the high  profile line up of ‘the best graffiti artists in the world’ at Banksy’s cans festival 2 in London.

A Sydney based creative, she now dedicates most of her time to large scale artworks and participating in 'live painting shows'. Shannon was the winner of Leichhardt councils’  'Wall to Wall' competition, with an 80 square meter mural. She has featured on television shows such as ‘Getaway’, ‘The Apprentice’, as well as a profile on the ABC News art segment.

"An accomplished international artist", Shannon's work has been exhibited extensively both locally and internationally, from street to high end galleries. She had work on display in Sydney's' Museum of Contemporary Art for Australian Fashion week.

Some of her clients include: Sydney Writers Festival, Myer, Amex, Calvin Clein, Ford, M+C Saatchi, Rocket Man Media, Adshel, Dialogue PR, Absolute vodka, Vodaphone, Longview, Philip Shaw,Pepsi Max, Leichhardt council, City of Sydney, Earth Hour, Oz Harvest, YWCA, Amnesty International.

Shannon's artworks have been purchased for private collections in New Zealand, Germany, England, America, Japan, Pakistan and Australia.

Artist Statement

"My artworks can be a reaction to my immediate environment or an attempt to depict the vivid landscape of my dreams"Crees explores the divergence of opposing themes and the concept of duality as she embarks on an enchanting journey of creative method and visual melody.

Artworks playfully flirt with surrealism in her elaborately decorative process. Her collaged patterns and bold colours depict an abstract interpretation of the things she finds most beautiful. The robust patchwork and dense image-rich compositions are nothing short of a splendor for the visual palette, demanding both the viewer’s attention and respect. Crees sees no reason to hold back on her liberated explosions of colour and contour, where the audience is politely invited to examine and observe her explorations into the unknown.

Her acute attention to detail sees Crees currently painting two unique paths through the contemporary street and fine art landscapes simultaneously. The philosophy might change but the motivation always remains a compulsion for colourful creation.

AWARDS/ PRIZES

1st place - Wall to wall mural competition - Sydney

2nd place - Insight out of sight competition - Sydney

People’s choice award - Longview Krush Klinic - Adelaide 

Highly commended - Warringah art prize - Sydney

Finalist - Salon des Refuses - S.H. Ervin Gallery - Sydney

Finalist - Sheffield International mural festival - Tasmania

Selected Mural artist - Banksy's Cans Festival - London

EDUCATION

Advanced Diploma in Fashion design - East Sydney

NEIS Course - BEC Centre, Bondi Junction

Business Mentoring Program - NSW trade and investment

Certificate in Small Business Management - BEC Centre

Certificate in Fashion Manufacturing - Brookvale TAFE

Fashion Illustration - The Whitehouse College of Fashion

Photographing Artwork - College of Fine Art, Sydney

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2013 Pure Evil Gallery - Solo show - London

2013 Privately commissioned mural - New York

2013 Finalist - Sheffield International mural festival - Tasmania

2013 Dangerfork Gallery - Group show - Melbourne

2013 Kaleidoscope Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2013 Fix 8 Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2013 Blank Space Gallery - 10 year anniversary - group show - Sydney

2012 Global Gallery - Art Lab - Group show - Sydney

2012 Ambush Gallery - Rinse and repeat - Group show - Sydney

2012 Ambush Gallery - Glasshouse - Group show instillation - Sydney

2012 OPEN - instillation for Ambush Gallery & Art and About - Group show - Sydney

2012 Oxford Art Factory - VNA magazine launch mural - Group show - Sydney

2012 Secret Walls - Look hear festival - Live painting and group show - Newcastle

2012 Manly Art Gallery - 'Great wall' live painting and mural for Manly Arts Festival - Sydney

2012 S.H. Ervin Gallery - Salon des Refuses- Group show - Sydney

2011 Art and About - commissioned mural for the city of Sydney

2011 Outpost Art Festival - Group show - Cockatoo Island - Sydney

2011 Secret Walls - Live painting battle - Oxford art factory - Sydney

2011 Secret Walls - Live painting battle - Outpost Festival - Sydney

2011 The National grid gallery - group show - Sydney

2011 Ambush Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2011 Rtist Gallery - Group show - Melbourne

2011 Pure Evil Gallery - Group show - London

2011 Art Melbourne - Art Fair (represented by Urban Uprising Gallery) - Melbourne

2011 Art focus Gallery - group show - Sydney

2010 Ambush Gallery/ Semi permanent conference - Group exhibition & live painting - Melbourne 2010 Ambush Gallery - Pop up Group show - Sydney

2010 Urban Uprising Gallery- Group show - Sydney

2010 Art Sydney - Art Fair (represented by the National Grid gallery) - Sydney

2010 National Grid Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2010 Global Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2010 MCA - instillation artwork for Sydney fashion week - Sydney

2010 Manyoung Gallery - Group show - Melbourne

2010 The National grid gallery - group show - Sydney

2010 Ambush Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2010 Art Melbourne - Art Fair (represented by Manyoung Gallery) - Melbourne

2009 Project 5 - Live painting & auction- Ambush Gallery - Sydney

2009 Pure Evil Gallery - Group show - London

2009 Stairwell Gallery - solo show - Sydney

2009 'The Apprentice' channel 9 - Charles Hewitt Gallery - Sydney

2009 Urban Uprising Gallery - Solo show - Sydney

2009 Mural - commissioned by Lichhardt council - Sydney

2009 Fix 8 Gallery - solo show - Sydney

2009 Art Sydney - Art Fair (represented by Urban Uprising gallery) - Sydney

2009 The National Grid Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2009 Art Melbourne - Art Fair (represented by Urban Uprising gallery) - Melbourne

2008 Art House Hotel - Verge - Solo show - Sydney

2008 Fix8 Gallery - Solo show - Sydney

2008 Art complex Gallery- Group show - Tokyo

2008 The Collective - Group show - Brisbane

2008 National Grid Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2008 Urban Uprising Gallery - Live painting/ Group show - Sydney

2008 Artist’s Space Gallery - Group show - New York

2008 Opus Gallery/ Kounter Kulture - Group show - London

2008 Banksy’s Cans festival 2 - London

2008 The Foundary - Group show - London

2008 Pictures on walls - Group show - London

2008 Mural - Pure Evil Gallery - London

2008 Live painting show - Bar music hall - London

2008 Tap Gallery - Archibald submission show - Sydney 2008 Global Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2008 Angel Art café - Group show - Sydney

2008 Artists’ for Peace - Group show - Sydney

2008 The National Grid Gallery - Solo show - Sydney

2008 Angel Art café - Solo show - Sydney

2008 Tap Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2007 Art Sydney - Art Fair (represented by Art focus gallery) - Sydney 2007 Art Focus Gallery - Group show - Sydney

2006 Arts connect gallery - Solo show - Sydney 2006 Mosman art prize - Group show - Sydney 2006 Blank space - Solo show - Sydney

2006 Mosman art prize - Group show - Sydney 2006 Propeller - Group show - Sydney

2005 Art Sydney - Art Fair (represented by the artists’ gallery) - Sydney 2005 NONUIE - Group show - Sydney

2005 The Grand Pacific Blue Room - Solo show - Sydney

2005 464 Bourke St - Solo show - Sydney

2005 Space Junk - Solo show - Sydney

2004 464 Bourke St - Solo show - Sydney

2004 Space Junk - Solo show - Sydney

2003 Space Junk - Group show - Sydney

1997 Warringah art prize - Group show - Sydney