Shawn O’Hagan

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Shawn O’Hagan has been based in Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) since 1975. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Guelph and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Waterloo focusing on painting. Despite her education, fibre arts have been her primary medium for the past 20 years, and she has developed a unique exploration of textures, colours, shapes and sustainability through them.


O’Hagan’s work combines the paradigms of self-reflection as well as the reflection of the world. Precise and pristine stitching combined with reclaimed textiles express the turmoil of human feelings and the search of belonging to the surrounding environment. The vividness of the work and the slow and meditative stitching consciously placed in the combination of fabrics, invites the viewer to sharpen their senses to a not only visceral and nostalgic, but tangible representation of the world the artist is immersed in.

O’Hagan has exhibited her work in solo and group shows across the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Her work can be found in many collections including: the Canada Council For The Arts’ Art Bank and The Rooms Provincial gallery. In 2022 she was nominated for the Saidye Bronfman Award due to the excellence of her work and her development as an artist; in 2023, she was recognized with the Tara Bryan Endurance Award by Visual Arts Newfoundland.


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