Shana James

Shana James is a mid-career West Australian Artist who works in painting, printmaking and artists’ books. Graduating from a fine art degree at Curtin University in 1989, she has maintained a continued practice over the past 30 years; exhibiting widely in Perth and Melbourne including 8 solo shows. She has works in the Collections of Kerry Stokes, Artbank, The WA Water Corporation, The WA ministry for Culture and the Arts and Monash University. She is currently a Masters by Research Candidate at Edith Cowan University, in Visual Arts; where she is continuing her narrative art practice.

Artist Statement

Using the story of Alice in Wonderland as a critical lens, my artwork explores ideas around choice and agency. Through making images related to the story I investigate the interplay between the individual and society; and the self-actualisation of the individual. There are two recent series of prints available through STALA CONTEMPORARY; the first entitled 'Understanding Alice' is a series of linocuts focused on Alice being on a journey of becoming. This set of images is editioned to 20 and the entire set was purchased by Monash University in in 2017. The following quote is from Dr Ric Spencers essay about the work.

Understanding Alice prompts and pushes at Shana’s comprehension of her own journey, of herself wrapped up in time and space nestled and wrestled through experiences. As an escapade of symbology Understanding Alice pits the dreamlike nature of the world against the reality of life being a very real set of events and circumstances.

Dr Ric Spencer curator Fremantle Arts Centre

The second series of prints entitled 'Falling into Place' looked at Alice and the psychological aspects of place.

Using Alice in Wonderland as a point of departure for her own creative musings, Shana navigates the metaphorical landscape of Carroll's imagination. Elements from the story combine with the fabric of her life to create a poetic vision of this fantastic place. Questions of identity, childhood innocence, angst and absurdity surface in these psychologically charged prints.

Catalogue Essay 'Seven Printmakers Respond to Place'

In current work I continue to investigate Alice on a journey of self actualisation with elements from the story reimagined as a metaphor for aspects of contemporary life. Pattern is becoming an important element to the work. While there is a lot of repetition in the process of printmaking which could be seen as an embodied pattern of movements to make prints; I am equally interested in the ideas to do with being immersed in pattern.  Alice in Wonderland was first published in 1865 in the Victorian era. At this time the pattern of life was highly structured. Similarly, I am also interested in pattern: visually, psychologically and in the repetitive movement associated with it. Pattern can create expectation. When Alice is in Wonderland, her expectations of what will be are challenged as she navigates a strange world where nothing is as it should be; in my opinion, rather like our own contemporary society.  

Watch Youtube link to Shana James' Printmaking Practice:

Watch Shana James showing the printing of a Drypoint Print:

Watch Shana James show the printing of the Understanding Alice Linocuts:

Exhibitions

  • Sat 13 Jul - Fri 02 Aug 2019 'Curiouser and Curiouser' - Shana James

    Shana James has been a practising artist in WA for 30 years and has been exploring the story of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll since 2015. Her new exhibition 'Curiouser and Curiouser' has her most recent 'Alice' work in the front gallery, concerning the liminal space of Alice falling, and the back gallery has a selection of Alice artwork spanning the past five years - a mini retrospective of  previous Alice artwork, showing the development of her practice and associated ideas.


Works

SHANA JAMES - A Familiar Shift

SHANA JAMES - A Familiar Shift 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Acceptance

SHANA JAMES - Acceptance 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm, image size (framed)

 

$950.00
SHANA JAMES - After Jumping, Falling

SHANA JAMES - After Jumping, Falling 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint, set of 30, 2019, 210 x 162cm (42 x 27cm each) unframed

$9,000.00
SHANA JAMES - Aligning

SHANA JAMES - Aligning 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm, image size, (framed)

 

$950.00
SHANA JAMES - As it Happens Blue Glow

SHANA JAMES - As it Happens Blue Glow 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Blue Transition

SHANA JAMES - Blue Transition 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Faded Ideas from the Past

SHANA JAMES - Faded Ideas from the Past 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - I Can Do This

SHANA JAMES - I Can Do This 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - I Understand

SHANA JAMES - I Understand 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - In Flow (Dreaming)

SHANA JAMES - In Flow (Dreaming) 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - In Flow (Floating)

SHANA JAMES - In Flow (Floating) 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Incandescent Dreamer (diptych)

SHANA JAMES - Incandescent Dreamer (diptych) 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019 (diptych), 2 pieces, overall dimensions 42 x 52cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $1450.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$1,200.00
SHANA JAMES - Incandescent Feeling

SHANA JAMES - Incandescent Feeling 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Inevitability

SHANA JAMES - Inevitability 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Liminal Space, Falling

SHANA JAMES - Liminal Space, Falling 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint, set of 30, 2019, 210 x 162cm (42 x 27cm each) unframed

$9,000.00
SHANA JAMES - Reimagined Transformation (triptych)

SHANA JAMES - Reimagined Transformation (triptych) 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019 (diptych), 3 pieces, overall dimensions 42 x 81cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $2050.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$1,800.00
SHANA JAMES - Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

SHANA JAMES - Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast 

hand coloured linocut on paper 2019, Edition 2/6 SOLD, Editions 3-6 available, 96 x 68cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $1500.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$1,100.00
SHANA JAMES - Transfiguration

SHANA JAMES - Transfiguration 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Transform

SHANA JAMES - Transform 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Unexpected Progression

SHANA JAMES - Unexpected Progression  

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Waiting, Wondering

SHANA JAMES - Waiting, Wondering 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 27cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Without Boundaries

SHANA JAMES - Without Boundaries 

linocut and ink on paper, monoprint 2019, 42 x 37cm

NB: Framed price $950.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$750.00
SHANA JAMES - Limnial Space - Seeing Beyond Borders

SHANA JAMES - Limnial Space - Seeing Beyond Borders 

oil on canvas 2017, 61 x 76cm

$950.00
SHANA JAMES - Limnial Space with Autumn Leaves and Yellow Light

SHANA JAMES - Limnial Space with Autumn Leaves and Yellow Light 

oil on canvas 2017, 61 x 76cm

$950.00
SHANA JAMES - Expanse

SHANA JAMES - Expanse 

Drypoint on paper 2016, Edition 1/20, 52 x 42cm (framed)

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Unframed price $280. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Expansive

SHANA JAMES - Expansive 

Drypoint on paper 2016, Edition 1/20, 30 x 21cm (unframed)

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - Glasshouse

SHANA JAMES - Glasshouse 

Drypoint on paper 2016, Edition 1/20, 30 x 21cm (unframed)

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - Growth (with William Morris wallpaper)

SHANA JAMES - Growth (with William Morris wallpaper) 

Drypoint on paper 2016, 52 x 42cm (framed) Edition 1/20 SOLD, Editions 2/20 onwards available 

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Unframed price $280. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - I Can't Go Back to Yesterday Because I was a Different Person Then

SHANA JAMES - I Can't Go Back to Yesterday Because I was a Different Person Then 

Drypoint on paper 2016, Edition 1/6, 56 x 76cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $1100.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

 

$800.00
SHANA JAMES - Internal (with William Morris wallpaper)

SHANA JAMES - Internal (with William Morris wallpaper) 

Drypoint on paper, 2016, Edition 2/20 SOLD 52 x 42cm (framed) Editions 3/20 onwards available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Unframed price $280. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Now it's Always 6 O'clock

SHANA JAMES - Now it's Always 6 O'clock 

Drypoint on paper, hand coloured with inks, 2016, Edition 1/6, 56 x 76cm (unframed) This piece was Highly Commended (Works on Paper) in the 2016 York Art Award*

NB: Framed price $1100.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$800.00
SHANA JAMES - Poured Like Dreams Between Silence

SHANA JAMES - Poured Like Dreams Between Silence 

Drypoint on paper 2016,  Edition 2/6 SOLD,  56 x 76cm (unframed) Editions 3-6 available

NB: Framed price $1100.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

$800.00
SHANA JAMES - The Promise of Corners

SHANA JAMES - The Promise of Corners 

Drypoint on paper 2016, Edition 1/20, Editions 6, 8, SOLD 52 x 42cm (framed) 

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Unframed price $280. Editions 7, 9-20 available. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Walking with Rabbit Trap

SHANA JAMES - Walking with Rabbit Trap 

Drypoint on paper 2016, Edition 1/20, 30 x 21cm (unframed)

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - Alice Found Great Difficulty in Managing her Flamingo

SHANA JAMES - Alice Found Great Difficulty in Managing her Flamingo 

Linocut on paper 2015, Editions 1-7 SOLD, 30 x 21cm (unframed) Editions 8-20 available.

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500.  Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - Alice Trying to Fit In

SHANA JAMES - Alice Trying to Fit In 

Linocut on paper, 2015, Edition 3/20, 15 x 13cm (framed) Editions 3, 6, 8-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Unframed price $160. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

$300.00
SHANA JAMES - Allow

SHANA JAMES - Allow 

Linocut on paper 2015, Editions 1-5, 7, 9/20 SOLD 30 x 21cm (unframed) Editions 6, 8, 10-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - An Ugly Baby Makes a Rather Handsome Pig

SHANA JAMES - An Ugly Baby Makes a Rather Handsome Pig 

Linocut on paper 2015, Editions 1, 3, 5, 7 SOLD Edition 4/20, 30 x 21cm (unframed) Editions 2, 4, 6, 8-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - Desire (Alice with Rabbit Trap)

SHANA JAMES - Desire (Alice with Rabbit Trap) 

Linocut on paper 2015, Edition 3/20, Editions 1, 2, 4-8/20 SOLD image 30 x 21cm (framed) Editions 3, 9-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Unframed price $280. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Dodo

SHANA JAMES - Dodo 

Linocut on paper 2015, Edition 2/20, (framed), Editions 5, 6, 8-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Unframed price $160. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$300.00
SHANA JAMES - Let Go

SHANA JAMES - Let Go 

Linocut on paper 2015, Edition 3/20, Editions 1, 2, 4-10 SOLD, image size 30 x 21cm, (framed) Editions 3, 11-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Unframed price $280. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$500.00
SHANA JAMES - Onlooker

SHANA JAMES - Onlooker 

Linocut on paper 2015, Edition 4/20, Editions 1, 2, 7 SOLD,30 x 21cm (unframed) Editions 3-6, 8-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - Rabbit Dreaming

SHANA JAMES - Rabbit Dreaming 

Linocut on paper 2015, Edition 12/20, Editions 1-11 SOLD, 30 x 21 cm (unframed) Editions 12-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

 

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - Stepping Out (Puffin)

SHANA JAMES - Stepping Out (Puffin) 

Linocut on paper 2015, Edition 2/20,  (framed) image size 15 x 13cm, (overall framed size 50 x 36cm) Editions 1, 3-7 SOLD, Editions 2, 8-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Unframed price $160. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$300.00
SHANA JAMES - Tea for Two

SHANA JAMES - Tea for Two 

Linocut on paper 2015, Edition 6/20, 21 x 30 cm (unframed) Editions 6, 8-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - Tea Party Without Time

SHANA JAMES - Tea Party Without Time 

Linocut on paper, monoprint 2015, 56 x 76cm (unframed)

NB: Framed price $1200.00. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$900.00
SHANA JAMES - What Alice Allows

SHANA JAMES - What Alice Allows 

Linocut on paper 2015, Editions 1-4, 7, 9/20 SOLD, 30 x 21cm (unframed) Editions 5, 6, 8, 10-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - What Alice Denies Without Realising

SHANA JAMES - What Alice Denies Without Realising 

Linocut on paper 2015, Editions 1, 2, 7, SOLD, 30 x 21cm (unframed)

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Editions 3-6, 8-20 available Please contact gallery if you are interested.

$280.00
SHANA JAMES - Whatever Happens Let Go

SHANA JAMES - Whatever Happens Let Go 

Linocut on paper 2015, Editions 1, 2, 7 SOLD Edition 3/20, 30 x 21cm (unframed) Editions 3-6, 8-20 available

NB: This print is editioned to 20 hand-pulled prints. Framed price $500. Please contact gallery if you are interested.

 

$280.00
Poured Like Dreams Between Silence

Poured Like Dreams Between Silence sold

Drypoint on paper 2016, Edition of 6, 56 x 76cm (unframed)

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