The Icon of Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly has been a recurring subject in Shannon’s work over the years, often used as a subject to comment on popular culture. Shannon has given him a contemporary context by replacing the cliché of depicting Kelly holding guns crossed over his chest, with spray cans. This is a symbolic gesture referencing the number of street artists that contribute to Kelly’s iconic status with frequent use of him as subject matter.
Shannon wanted to put emphasis on the famous home-made iron helmet worn by the bushranger. With such a powerful visual device, Shannon felt a less is more approach to the portraits was required.