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 Joseph Shannon  (1933 - )

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Lived/Active: Virginia/District Of Columbia      Known for: mod genre-social satire

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Joseph Shannon
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MARY LOUISE & ME IN THE STUDIO IN BETHESDA
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography is from F. Lennox Campello:

Joseph Shannon was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, and his mother was an
artist. Very early he was introduced to oil paints, finishing his first painting at eight.

Though he attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC and the Temple School of Art in Tucson, he considers himself largely self-taught. When he was 23 years old, Shannon worked at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History as an exhibition technician, and spent every lunch hour at the National Gallery in the library as well as the galleries. He became steeped in
the ways and traditions of figure paintings. During this period he met
Washington artists Peter DeAnna and Jack Boul; they became great friends
and mutually influential, together they studied the artist's lore.

Shannon left the Smithsonian periodically to paint full time. In 1969, he had his first museum one-person show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He
left the Smithsonian again and, from that time on he showed his work at
least once a year, mostly in New York and Washington, but in other venues in between including other museums.

Shannon's career has included teaching at the Corcoran, George
Washington University, and currently the Maryland Institute in
Baltimore. He continued his museum exhibition design work for many
years. As Chief of Exhibition and Design at the Smithsonian's
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in the seventies and the eighties
Shannon curated three shows: "Edwin Dickinson, Selected Landscapes," R. B. Kitaj, A Retrospective" and "Representation Abroad."

During this period he also organized an exhibition of the work of his co-mentors, Peter DeAnna and Jack Boul that circulated to several
museums.

In the last decade, Shannon has continued to teach, write reviews and
articles for Art in America, Arts, Art News, The Washington Post and The
Washington Times. He has also continued to show his own work in
one-person and group exhibitions, being currently represented by Gallery
K of Washington, D.C. Shannon also recently curated the exhibition
Realist/Stylist and wrote the accompanying catalog for the Maryland Art
Place.

He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and three dogs, and paints seven days a week, only interrupted by writing, teaching, hunting and fishing.





Note: Working from his studio in Washington DC, he almost always features himself in his paintings in the nude and quite often injects satire.

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