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Shanon Playford
Portland, OR

About the Artist

Owing to an interest in art history and contemporary culture, Shanon Playford is something of a painting chameleon. She allows her ideas (or subjects) to dictate the style and approach taken for each new series. Her work demonstrates an unstoppable curiosity for the “what if." Embracing inconsistency as her signature style, she identifies herself as a project/theme-oriented artist. Shanon works primarily in oil. She infuses her work with a keen knowledge of – and playful irreverence to – traditional skills and techniques.

Having decided she wanted to be an artist in kindergarten, she …

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About the Artist

Owing to an interest in art history and contemporary culture, Shanon Playford is something of a painting chameleon. She allows her ideas (or subjects) to dictate the style and approach taken for each new series. Her work demonstrates an unstoppable curiosity for the “what if." Embracing inconsistency as her signature style, she identifies herself as a project/theme-oriented artist. Shanon works primarily in oil. She infuses her work with a keen knowledge of – and playful irreverence to – traditional skills and techniques.

Having decided she wanted to be an artist in kindergarten, she has been steadily painting & drawing ever since. Shanon graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997 and studied at the School of the Museum Fine Arts in Boston. She lives and paints in her native Portland, Oregon were she co-founded The Portland Art Open, a three day citywide event, whose goal is to make art fun, interesting, and accessible.

Artist’s Work

Oh My Gods!
Eros 2
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Eros

By Shanon Playford

Pallas athena
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Pallas Athena

By Shanon Playford

Dionysus
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Dionysus

By Shanon Playford

Aphrodite 3
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Aphrodite

By Shanon Playford

Persephone
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Persephone

By Shanon Playford

Poseidon 2
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Poseidon

By Shanon Playford

Hestia
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Hestia

By Shanon Playford

Achilles 2
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Achilles

By Shanon Playford

Demeter 2
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Demeter

By Shanon Playford

Nereid 2
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Nereid

By Shanon Playford

Out of Our Heads
Psyche
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Psyche

By Shanon Playford

Aeternitas
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Aeternitas

By Shanon Playford

Looking west 2
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Looking West

By Shanon Playford

Morpheus
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Morpheus

By Shanon Playford

Aurora
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Aurora

By Shanon Playford

Diana 2
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Diana

By Shanon Playford

Light of the party
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Light of the Party

By Shanon Playford

Apollo
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Apollo

By Shanon Playford

Neither Here Nor There
The last farewell
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The Last Farewell

By Shanon Playford

Ships & Shipwrecks
Peter iredale ii
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Peter Iredale II

By Shanon Playford

The deveron
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The Deveron

By Shanon Playford

Edmund fitzgerald
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Edmund Fitzgerald

By Shanon Playford

The endurance
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The Endurance

By Shanon Playford

The falls of halladale
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The Falls of Halladale

By Shanon Playford

Peter iredale
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Peter Iredale

By Shanon Playford

The maria schr der
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The Maria Schröder

By Shanon Playford

Selected Exhibitions

  • Neither Here Nor There, Springbox Gallery
    Portland, OR, 2012
  • Secret Society, Springbox Gallery
    Portland, OR, 2011
  • "An Exchange for Artists" Group exhibition at Littman Gallery
    Portland, OR, 2010
  • "Menagerie" Group exhibition at Errata Gallery
    Portland, OR, 2010
  • "Out of Our Heads" Two person exhibition at Beet Gallery
    Portland, OR, 2010

Education

  • Art Institute of Chicago, B.F.A.
    Chicago, IL,1997 
  • School of Museum of Fine Arts,
    Boston, MA,1994