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Shane Bonsujet

Melbourne VIC

Melbourne based abstract/neoexpressive/outsider artist.

“Art that says something, and sometimes I use words.”

Prize Finalist Badge Prize Finalist

Artworks: 97

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About Shane Bonsujet

Bonjour! Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I am Shane Bonsujet, an abstract artist based in Melbourne. I’m self taught and create bright, bold and colorful works. I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up there until the age of 14 when me and my family moved to Australia. Both my parents are Mauritian

In my early years I took a liking to painting wildlife and drawing cartoons. My primary school art teacher was renowned wildlife artist Craig Bone and so my art journey began spending endless days drawing animals. This quickly grew into a love for illustration, neo-expressionism and naive/primitive art and this forms the basis of my work. I draw inspiration from many sources. Knowledge, memories, thoughts and life experiences allow me an endless supply of reference. I’m passionate about music, self development and growth, history and culture as well as trauma healing and love. This shows in my work as I’ve just about painted everything from Marcus Aurelius, Maya Angelou, Kurt Cobain down to Balenciaga and Ludovico Einaudi. I’m constantly absorbing and learning form the greatest teacher of all, life.

My work can best be described as critical thinking/emotionally driven outsider art/brut/primitive/naive but I also experiment in more traditional styles. I often reflect on my work as exploring refined ideas in an unfiltered manner. The consistency comes in my work being free flowing and purely instinctual regardless of style. I embrace imperfection and painting is an intuitive but cathartic process for me. I plug in my headphones and go where my brush takes me. I use mark making and you will often see script/words to help convert the complex visualisations in my brain.

My work is not consistent about any one specific theme but I’m an over thinker and have often painted about social issues, ethnicity and identity and depression to more light hearted subject matter. Art is therapy for me and I’m healing myself one painting at a time. I mainly work with acrylic paints as the foundation with oil sticks on top for the detail. I will often recycle framed paintings from op shops or recycle centres and paint over.

I’ve exhibitied in Melbourne and sold works interstate as well as internationally.

2021 Finalist Hawkesbury Art Prize








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