Pania and Friendly

Shane Hansen


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  • This piece is a crossover, it ties in to Shane's pania series but also is part of the friendy series. This portrays Pania of the reef as a toddler. She strikes the famous pose as she sits with arm around friendy. He is smaller in this image, more the size of a pet lamb. She is more relaxed with him and he dominates the image less as her connection to her culture is stronger. The two are a team, creating mischief together and celebrating the joys of childhood. Her hair is wispy like a gentle sea breeze, portraying the innocence and adventure of being young. Her head leans towards friendy as a symbol of togetherness. Her hand rests on the grass showing stability of place and pride in culture.

    50 limited edition screen print on 300gsm fabriano stock

    Please allow 3-4 days for dispatch

  • Shane started his career as a self-taught fashion designer, setting up his own label at the age of 19, then going on to work for labels such as Canterbury International and Town & Country Surf Designs. His flair for fashion is evident in his work, through beautiful flowing lines and the use of tactile textures.
    'I want people to engage with my work in more than one way. I want them to touch it and smell it, as well as view it. By doing this they feel more connected to the piece and feel a sense of familiarity with it.'
    Shane works in many mediums such as wood, glass and metal which he sees as a reflection of his multi-cultural make-up. He mainly paints on plywood as the grains, knots and blemishes have a history, tell a story and bring a special depth to his work.'
    "An artist is what I am. It's taken me a few years to get here, but now I have arrived. My journey has just begun and I want others to come with me. I love doing what I do, I love being who I am. My family is my life and so is my art. I will do this till the day I die - or chop my hands off with the skill saw!'

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