Shannon Purcell studied the techniques of the old masters to perfect his painting.

His recent series focuses on narrative portraiture and classical techniques combined with a contemporary approach.

Self Portrait as Lana Turner in Johnny Eager

Read more about Shannon below and view his work in print in Issue 22 “Something New.”

My newest work combines portraiture with projections from classic Hollywood films.

I started using projections because I felt traditional portraits weren’t conveying the mystery and complexity that I was seeking, the full scope of a subject.

The Minotaur

I obfuscate the figure with shadows and light, and project different cultural influences onto it, trying to find through the juxtapositions and chance encounters, some more complex and poetic portraiture.

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