Self Healing


Billy Shannon

Acrylic on canvas
102 x 102cm


The healing powers of sleep are explored in Billy Shannon’s painting Self Healing Sometimes Billy’s work as an artist and a massage therapist come together to help the people he is working with. The subject of this painting had experienced quite a bit of violence and was going to Billy for massage work to help get past the trauma. Over the course of a few years, she saw the Sleep series develop and asked if Billy would paint her as part of her healing. It was a beautiful experience and they were both very happy with the outcomes of the art and healing works.
Billy is a great believer in the healing powers of sleep, to the point where he programs his body by telling it how long he has to sleep each night and what he’d like healed in that time.

The sleeper in this work rolled around a lot and the many hands in the painting seem to be aiding the healing powers of sleep and comforting her soul. The sleep series takes some of its inspiration from how each individual perceives sleep and also from what was in the sky directly above them when they were born, in this work the viewer will also see the Milky Way as well as the Scorpio constellation which were above her when she was born. In much of the sleep series, Billy has incorporated images of space, stars and nebulae, almost as a precursor to his more recent work exploring contemporary physics and the history of the universe. Another work produced in tangent to the sleep series, is the large study on the Eye of God nebulae ‘Glance of Brahma’ which explores creation mythology.

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