Shanna Hollis is a contemporary-pop designer who lives and works in Bermuda. Her designs pay tribute to her island and the community. Her vibrant narrative style of design emanates joy, passion, and exuberant energy of Bermudian culture.
Island slang, Ginger Beer cans, Swizzle glasses, Bermudiana flowers, Longtails, and local celebrities, are exalted by bold colors, and lively patterns. As the artist explains, “ I create work that binds our community and preserves our culture.”
At a young age, Hollis was inspired to create by her older brother, Nahshon Hollis. As a painter, he encouraged her to look for shapes, line, and color. Inspired by artists such as Andy Warhol and Annie Leibovitz, she began creating paintings influenced by pop art and futurism, and photography series based on storytelling and documentation. She later earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art, awarded Cum Laude.
Hollis’ artwork has been shown in various exhibitions in Baltimore and Bermuda, including the “BSOA Graphic Design Showcase 2018’ where she was awarded the Graphic Design Prize. Her Bermuda fashion collection, “21 Miles” gained international recognition spring of 2018 when published by Footwear News Magazine. The article showcased her Birds of Paradise dress outfitted with Bird of Paradise heels, and a Ginger Beer set outfitted with Ginger Beer heels.
Currently, she hones her talent at Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation teaching students art techniques and skills through experiential learning. Hollis’ design work can be seen in local brands, startups, products, and various gallery openings island-wide.