More about Savannah Canavan
Savannah Canavan is an emerging artist currently located in the Midwest. She was born in central Wisconsin and has been interested in art for as long as she can remember. In high school, her painting teacher really encouraged her to pursue art as a career. Savannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with her BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. Her primary medium is oil paint, and she creates a variety of compositions and a variety of subject matter. She is interested in using her painting language to create sensory experiences upon the canvas and inspire beauty within her world and others. Her paintings are regarded for their vivid colors and bold, visible brushstrokes.
Savannah has been a part of a variety of group exhibitions. Her work has been shown in the Argyle Zebra Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as Artworks Eagan, also in Minnesota. She has been featured in a couple publications of Furrow Magazine.
I am drawn to such bright colors as a response to the tragic state of the world around me. The world is pretty messed up currently; it would be easy to adopt a bleak outlook on life. I want to surround myself with bright, beautiful things to keep myself from getting caught up in the negativity that surrounds us. So, I paint these bright beautiful things. I turn everyday inspirations into bold, exciting paintings, allowing me to look at the world with a more positive outlook. For there is beauty everywhere, and I am finding it. I paint a variety of subjects, as it is not simply the thing itself that I am interested in, but how I can utilize color and mark making to transform my inspirations into a visual experience for everyone.
Compelled by bold mark-making, intense color, implied movement, and energy in the painted surface, painting is more about the physicality of the paint itself than it is about exact likeness. I am not simply replicating the world; I am using my painting language to create something completely new. I am not forcing the paint to become something else, rather, I am allowing the paint to be paint. I am pushing the colors I see, so they are more vivid than they are in real life. Creating a sensory visual experience that draws the viewer in and keeps them engaged with the application of paint is important to my process.
My paintings are bold in color and marks, utilizing the speed at which I paint to create this energetic surface. I paint in a gestural manner, allowing each brushstroke to show, creating movement and energy that engages both the viewer and myself, all while revealing the process of painting.