Matt Shane’s Habitat Drawings

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Quagmire By Matt Shane & Jim Holyoak, 2011. Photo by Yannick Grandmont

Montreal-based artist Matt Shane is an artist who appreciates the unique diversity found in natural landscapes. He creates stunning grayscale drawings of habitats out of ink, paint, gesso, and graphite on paper that depict growth and decay. Shane is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Concordia University in Montreal, Québec where he’s specializing in painting and drawing. Shane is known for working with other artists to create larger than life installations. He has been collaborating with artist Jim Holyoak for many years. In 2011 the Québec Triennale at the Museed’Art Contemporain de Montréal commissioned a large-scale drawing installation by the two artists. For three months Shane and Holyoak drew for six days a week in a paper covered room at the museum. The work was entitled Quagmire and had a central drawing that featured a dead sperm whale with cities growing out of it.

Quagmire By Matt Shane & Jim Holyoak, 2011.

Quagmire By Matt Shane & Jim Holyoak, 2011.


Quagmire By Matt Shane & Jim Holyoak, 2011.

Quagmire By Matt Shane & Jim Holyoak, 2011.

Quagmire By Matt Shane & Jim Holyoak, 2011.

Quagmire By Matt Shane & Jim Holyoak, 2011.






Collaborative drawing by Matt Shane, Jim Holyoak and Scott Lewis

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