Shannon Belkin


(Canadian, b. 1960)

Shannon Belkin was first known for her bold, yet sensitive portraits which captured the inner life of her subject. Her work hangs in corporate, private and institutional collections across the United States and Canada. Belkin Currently lives and works in Vancouver.

My work has traditionally explored the intricate interaction between humans and nature and the precarious relationship we have with the world around us. In this latest group of large-scale paintings, "When Horses Were Gods," I am exploring this relationship through realistic oil-on-canvas renderings, and presenting it in a way that taps into the mythic versions that still lurk in the deepest recesses our souls.

Depicted as supreme beast, as well as mythological and historical symbol, in the horse we can see the sacred history of ourselves, our passage through time. They take us into our own dim past and show us our darker self. On horseback we become invincible. A warrior joined with that cosmic horse, the four legged god; the horse as a heroic symbol, a mythical beast ridden by great warriors, and the gods.



1992    Graduated, Emily Carr College of Art & Design

            Currently lives and works in Vancouver


2009    Horse Sense (solo exhibition), Diane Farris Gallery

2007    Second Nature (solo exhibition), Diane Farris Gallery

2005    Floribunda, Diane Farris Gallery

2004    When Horses Were Gods (solo exhibition), Diane Farris Gallery

            Sur La Table, Diane Farris Gallery

2003    Under 18, Diane Farris Gallery

            Portrayal, Diane Farris Gallery

2002    Fleur Illumine (two person exhibit), Diane Farris Gallery

2001    The Fall Collection, Diane Farris Gallery

            Nature’s Prozac, Diane Farris Gallery

2000    The Authentic Eye, Diane Farris Gallery

1999    Sur La Table, Diane Farris Gallery

1998    Fresh Paint, Diane Farris Gallery

1997    Hong Kong Bank, Vancouver, BC

            Harvest: A Celebration of Thanksgiving, Diane Farris Gallery

1996    Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, BC

1995    Hong Kong Bank, Vancouver, BC

1993    Anosa Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1992    Anosa Gallery, Edmonton, AB

            Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1991    Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC

            Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1990    Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC

            First & Fir, Vancouver, BC


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