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Michael Shannon

Man watching trains, 1956

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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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Michael Shannon

1989

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The Hazards

Michael Shannon

1980

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The Yarra from Johnson St Bridge

Michael Shannon

1979

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(Heathcote Landscape)

Michael Shannon

1984

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Evening Light, Heathcote

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1989

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Blue Creek

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1989

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1988

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Port Willunga

Michael Shannon

1985

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Port Willunga Evening

Michael Shannon

1985

oil on canvas, 76.00 x 152.00

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1975

oil on canvas, 75.50 x 101.00

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Robur Tea Warehouse

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1971

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Suburban Landscape

Michael Shannon

1981

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The Butcher's Shop

Michael Shannon

1965

oil on canvas, 91.50 x 122.00

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Queen’s Bridge

Michael Shannon

c. 1958

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The Pensioner

Michael Shannon

1958

oil on board, 106.50 x 61.00

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Luna Park

Michael Shannon

1957

oil on board, 122.00 x 61.00

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Looking across to Station Pier

Michael Shannon

1957

watercolour & gouache on paper, 28.00 x 36.00

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Study for Harvesting

Michael Shannon

1953

gouache on paper, 29.00 x 44.00

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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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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.