Casey Shannon BFA, MFA
I am a contemporary Sumi-e artist reaching beyond the limits of traditional ink painting and creating the ‘sound of one hand’. My paintings one would not generally call traditional sumi-e. However, I adhere to the traditional sumi-e principles and philosophies, as well as, the traditional preparation before beginning a sumi-e painting. Sumi-e expresses the character and soul of the artist. It is a meditative process and spiritually personal. Understanding this concept has been at the center of my art. I am currently the Director of the North American Branch of ICCPS – International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. This is a global society dedicated to the ancient art of sumi (ink).
I am an acclaimed international artist and have exhibited my work locally and world-wide. I have won many awards for my work including the prestigious ‘Sumi Art Cultural Award’ from the Jade Buddha Temple, LaioNing Province in AnShan City, China. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Choiunard Art Institute Los Angeles, Ca., Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from California State University, Long Beach. In addition, I have studied with renowned Chinese Painter Lian Quan Zhen and Master Sumi-e artist Ji-yi-lou-zhu.