Artist Statement

My images are symbolic and storytelling; recent work uses the story of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll as a critical lens to explore ideas concerning self-actualisation. Through this work I investigate the interplay between the individual –  their choices and actions and the society we are part of.


Shana James is a mid-career artist based in Perth Western Australia. She has maintained a continued practice over the past 30 years; exhibiting widely in Perth and Melbourne including ten solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. She is currently studying Master of Arts by Research, in visual art at Edith Cowan University.

Shana is represented in Perth by STALA CONTEMPORARY.

Artist Shana James
Artist Shana James


Shana teaches drawing, painting and printmaking at the Fremantle Arts Centre. She also runs Creative Breaks – art retreats in beautiful surroundings with gourmet meals.

Quote from an Essay on Shana’s Work by Ted Snell

“Like many artists before her James creates a world with its own rhythm and order. Marc Chagall, Paul Klee and the British painter Ken Kiff were able to convince us of another parallel world where the mysterious and visionary were an everyday experience. They created a place of escape, like dreams, that were not entirely safe but provided a kind of security and familiarity. Like a fairy tale her narratives unfold and gather us in, giving us the strength to deal with fears and doubts in the expectation that all will be well, in the end. There is a humanness in these works that evolves from her poetic interpretation of incidents in everyday life.”                                                                                                                                          Professor Ted Snell Catalog Essay 2008

To read the entire essay click here

The following is a 10-minute interview with Shana on ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts program.

You can follow Shana on social media

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/shanajames_printmaker/


Facebook https://www.facebook.com/shanajamesartist




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