Artist Profile: Shannon Lightfoot
Canadian artist Shannon Lightfoot is a profound visual storyteller, his entirely unique technique the culmination of 19 years of development. A scroll saw is used for this art, cutting images, words, and symbols into the medium. Then, upon paint application, the artist chooses which elements of the story he wishes to emphasize. From a distance the art appears two-dimensional; however, as one engages with each piece, a world unfolds, hidden in the cut lines, waiting to be explored. LightfootArts.com
The three portraits contributed herein are from The Humanity Collection Shannon has been compiling for some years – a collection of portraits that represent the traits we use to define ourselves and navigate the world. Mahatma Ghandi is our Martyr, Pope John Paul II is the Religious Icon, and Barack Obama represents the Political Figurehead. This collection also includes such faces as Mother Teresa, Buddha, Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, and Che Guevara, most of which can be viewed at LightfootArts.Com.
Life is intricately connected and by honouring that connection we allow the best of ourselves to rise to the forefront of our stories.
Shannon Lightfoot resides on the Sunshine Coast of BC with his beloved wife and children.