Available Works

Biography

Shannon Bono (b.1995, UK) s a visual artist, MA Art & Science graduate from Central Saint Martin’s University and an Associate Lecturer at UAL, living and working in London.

Shannon identifies as an Afrofemcentrist, a term that describes a consciousness that asserts race, sex and art as a way of living, where black women are the subject depicted by a black women. As a painter, Shannon is invested in producing layered figurative compositions, embedded with symbolism that centralises black womanhood as a source of knowledge and understanding. She is enamoured by African spiritually and takes inspiration from Christian iconography and the Renaissance art, employing its purposes of cultural impact, liturgy and instruction for an improved society. Exploring the internal parts of the body, she goes back to her scientific educational background and merges the design of notable fabrics from west and central Africa with biological structures and chemical processes in living organisms. She uses the body to act as a second canvas, including surrealist cues to work as ‘artivisms’ (art+activism) against oppressive forces, share muted narratives and celebrate black female culture. She views the body as a powerful signifier that provokes dialogue, playing with pose, gesture and the gaze to change reality. Shannon lives and works in London, UK.

Education

MA, Camberwell College of Arts, 2020-2021

MA, Central Saint Martins, 2019-2020

BA, University of Essex, 2016-2019

Press

2021, Artist Spotlight: Shannon Bono, She Performs

2020, Sarabande Artist Series: Shannon Bono, Mission Magazine

2020, September Is Here: The Best Things to Do This Month, Another Magazine

2020, Shannon Bono’s Art Mixes Divinity and Biochemistry, i-D Magazine

2020, Shannon Bono, POCCMAG

2020, New Exhibition at Sarabande Celebrates Womanhood, Show Studio

2020, Why These Artists Brutalize the Female Body, Elephant Magazine

2020, Show One: Shannon Bono, CSM Stories

Exhibitions

2020, Reflections, Central Saint Martin’s Window’s Gallery, London, UK (Group)
2020, SOMA TOKTO II, Kunstraum Gallery, London, UK (Group)
2020, Stall, Sarabande The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, London, UK (Group)
2020, Art Still Flourishes, Visual Space Digital Exhibition (Group)
2020, Live Flesh, Sarabande The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, London, UK (Group)
2019, The Colour of Pain, Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication, Imperial Collage London, London, UK (Group)
2019, Black History Month Cultural Affairs Project, Chancellors Building, Keele University, London, UK (Group)
2019, SOUND::GENDER::FEMINISM::ACTIVISM (SGFA), Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan (Group)
2019, The State of Things, Copeland Gallery, London, UK (Group)
2019, FLOCK Graduate Exhibition, Buday Gallery, London, UK (Group)
2019, Art and Activism, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London, UK (Group)
2019, Black Bodies Brown Parasites, Central Saint Martins, London, UK (Group)
2019, Intersect, London School of Economics, London, UK (Group)
2019, Xhibit, Koppel Project Central Gallery, London, UK (Group)
2019, RIFT, MA Art and Science Degree Show Central Saint Martins, London, UK (Group)
2018, EmbryonicA, Elthorne Studios Central Saint Martins, London, UK (Group)
2018, Beyond Black History Month, Sketch House, London, UK (Group)
2018, Black Bodies Brown Parasites, London Collage of Fashion, London, UK (Group)
2018, Black History Month, Copeland Gallery, London, UK (Group)
2018, Archiving the Feminist Experience, Feminist Library, Goldsmiths Gallery Space, London, UK (Group)
2018, Coloured, Willesden Gallery Space, London, UK (Group)
2018, Reconstructing Practice, Pasadena, California, USA (Group)
2018, Normal to Dissent, Windows Gallery Central Saint Martins, London, UK (Group)
2018, Appetite, MA Interim Show, Apiary Studios, London, UK (Group)
2018, Open Dialogue, GCD Space Central Saint Martin’s, London, UK (Group)
2018, Studio Complex, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London, UK (Group)
2017, Art Lab, Elthorne studios Central Saint Martins, London, UK (Group)