Shallon Fadlien is a professional artist who works primarily with acrylics, digital and mixed media. Shallon was born in Saint Lucia and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Canada.
She presently resides in Canada but her work still shows evidence of her strong affinity to her homeland. Bold colors and simplistic lines are integral to her compositions as she explores themes of fantasy, love, and life while blurring the boundaries of realism.
Shallon held her first solo exhibition at the Francaise Ste. Lucie in 2000. She won 2 consecutive gold medals and one silver at the prestigious M&C Fine Arts awards in 2001, 2002, and 2003. While she resided in Saint Lucia, her work from this period was described as lyrical, story-focused, and hovering in between abstraction and realism.
Since 2016 Shallon has engaged in several collaborations with Ekphrastic poet John Robert Lee. Some of the projects they have produced include Song and Symphony where the poet responds to a series of 15 paintings based on the cyclical nature of relationships in an extended poem, the Blue Mountain Review https://issu.com/collectivemedia/docs/bluemountainreviewseptember2022, The Missing Slate, Spotlight Artist –November 2017 and The Connotation Press- May 2017. Her art can be seen on the cover of John Robert Lee’s Pierrot, Peepal Tree Press2020,
Presently, she works with digital mediums producing pieces that combine different techniques. She engages in online exhibitions and recently some of her pieces have been displayed online at galleryring.com. Her work can also be seen on the cover of Acalabash https://acalabash.com/acalabash-caribbean-poetry-portfoli-no-11/ and inside previous editions.
As a woman, issues of femininity have always been important to me. At university, female old Masters in the history books were noticeably absent and this made a strong impression on me. Most of the historical works depicting women were through the male gaze and not that of women representing themselves.
The subject of women in my art has been a recurrent theme. My female figures have always been portrayed as strong and multilayered. The women have mostly imagined characters and are generally not depicted entirely realistically. Any abstractions are meant to emphasize the message I wish to convey in the piece.
These three pieces focus on a woman at different phases of her life. Chronologically the piece, Around the Corner, presents a youthful, bold, and brave, but still cautious woman. She has a sense of who she is but is apprehensive about how she is viewed by the world.
The art piece Experiences depicts a woman who has had considerable interaction with the world. Her experiences have made her reflective and wise as she turns her back on achieving majority approval by the crowd.
The piece Within depicts a mature woman in physical and mental decline. As she peers outwards into the world, there is no clear future anymore.
My work is influenced by my own experiences as well as that of others around me. My pieces are meant to provoke thought.
My recent work is often a combination of various mediums. I use drawings and paintings that I produce and enhance them digitally.
The work of female Masters, like Artemisia Gentileschi and others who have recently gained prominence, also seeks to portray women as strong and multifaceted and are most akin to what I try to achieve in my work.