Previous Exhibitions

July 2017 - Elspeth Shannon - Bloom

For the month of July 2017, ZIMMERMAN is featuring Bloom - new paintings by Elspeth Shannon. This is the artist's seventh solo exhibition at ZIMMERMAN.

Elspeth Shannon: Bloom

The works in this exhibition spring from the artist’s continued exploration of the process of painting, in which works are begun with no initial idea or subject matter in mind.


“For my last exhibition, in November 2016, I made a conscious decision to forgo my former painting process in search of a new language. Without the familiar focus of an object, I’ve been forced to intuitively feel my way forward. Like a game of chess, every mark making helps dictate the next move.  A sequence that is as enervating as it is challenging.”


From the artist’s first free applications of paint an underlying order starts to emerge, and the works begin to suggest a variety of organic forms. 


Softly emerging shapes, suggestive of petals, leaves and fruit, bunch and spread across the artist’s canvases, a virtual harvest of peach, grape, orange and avocado tones.


In some paintings the forms appear suspended mid-air, frozen moments caught on canvas; in other works, colour spreads fluidly outward from ovoid bases, like untamed living bouquets.


This is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition at ZIMMERMAN.


Elspeth Shannon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from Massey University, Wellington