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Michael Shannon

Man watching trains, 1956

Price: $18,500

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oil on canvas

76.00 x 61.00

signed and dated 'Shannon 56' l.l.; label verso reads 'Mr and Mrs David Wynn / Man Watching Trains / No 229 Michael Shannon'

Provenance:

David Wynn, probably April 1957;
thence by descent

Exhibited:

Michael Shannon, Peter Bray Gallery, 1-11 April 1957, no 13, 45gns;
The label on reverse suggests this work was included in another very large catalogue, so a group exhibition rather than a solo show.  He exhibited in The Arts Festival, Olympic Games, Melbourne 1956 (at the NGV) but not this particular work.

Literature & references:

Literature: Alan Warren, Sun News Pictorial, 1957 (probably April):
"Drab Spencer St marshalling yards become irresistible - especially when "dressed" as they are today at the Peter Bray gallery.  The magic transformation comes from Michael Shannon's caressing brush strokes, the delicacy and richness of his surfaces and the cleanness of his colour. Even the smokey greys are somehow clean.”

Reference:  From the mid 1950s till the late 1970s, Shannon's interest in railways was strong. For a larger work of a similar subject, see Laurie Thomas, Modern Australian Painting and Sculpture, Bonython, Adelaide, 1960, p 64 for "The Railway Bridge", then in the collection of Violet Dulieu (and now in the AGNSW Collection).

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Lilydale Quarry

Michael Shannon

1980 - 1982

oil on canvas, 58.50 x 148.50

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Study for Wills Road

Michael Shannon

1985

pastel on paper, 88.00 x 64.00

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Townsville N.Q.

Michael Shannon

1967

ink pen and wash on paper, 18.00 x 28.00

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Construction: Thomson River Dam under Construction

Michael Shannon

1984

charcoal and pastel on paper, 69.00 x 49.00

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The New World

Michael Shannon

c. 1960

oil on canvas, 101.00 x 76.00

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Sunday Morning, Townsville

Michael Shannon

1970

oil on canvas, 74.50 x 101.00

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Owl

Michael Shannon

1973

pastel and charcoal on paper, 63.00 x 48.00

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(City Skyline)

Michael Shannon

1969

oil on canvas, 51.00 x 51.00

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Mt Ida

Michael Shannon

1985

oil on canvas, 50.00 x 136.00

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Study for ‘Mount Ida’

Michael Shannon

1986

pastel on paper, 40.00 x 86.00

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Mt Ida after the Fire

Michael Shannon

1987

pastel on paper, 46.00 x 92.50

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Transport: Ansett Airlines first flight from Hamilton to Melbourne

Michael Shannon

1984

pastel on paper, 69.00 x 49.00

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Manufacturing: Carlton and United Brewery

Michael Shannon

1984

pastel and applied beer labels on paper, 73.50 x 53.00

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Track to Jim's Block

Michael Shannon

1987

Oil on canvas, 77.00 x 102.00

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Construction: Thompson River Dam under Construction

Michael Shannon

1984

charcoal and pastel on paper, 69.00 x 49.00

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Melbourne Across the Yarra

Michael Shannon

oil on canvas, 122.00 x 153.00

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Untitled (Verandah)

Michael Shannon

1966

pastel on paper, 50.00 x 70.00

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The City (No.2?)

Michael Shannon

c. 1960

oil on canvas, 122.00 x 183.00

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(Old Colonial barn)

Michael Shannon

c. 1949

pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 23.00 x 27.00

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The Cane Cutter's House

Michael Shannon

1967

oil on canvas, 76.50 x 102.00

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Backyard

Michael Shannon

1946

pen and ink and watercolour on paper, 24.00 x 21.20

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The back lane

Michael Shannon

1946

pen and ink and watercolour on paper, 27.00 x 22.50

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Landscape of Sydney

Michael Shannon

1969

oil on canvas, 151.00 x 122.00

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Near Baynton

Michael Shannon

1982

pencil and pastel on paper, 72.00 x 52.00

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Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.