Sleeper - Billy Shannon

Billy Shannon

Sleeper

97 x 97 x 3cmACRYLIC ON CANVASSoldThe sleeper series has been going for nearly 6 years now, involving dancers, acrobats, actors and visual artists. “Sleeping figures, wrapped around a dream. The subjects of these paintings seem caught between the very skeins of the paint; wrapped within the gauzy sheets of the image’s layers. If they are, in part, portraits, they are also evocations of states-of-being. Captured in repose, they dream in the shadowy spaces of half-realms, suspended between the between the here and the not-here. The dreaming subjects in these paintings have entered this state of being willingly. In delivering themselves into the hands of the artist’s other-role as a masseur, they allow themselves to be lulled into sleep – suspended into a kind of temporary trance, they become the willing subjects of the artist’s other-role as a painter.” – Pat Hoffie 2018