I am a mixed media intuitive artist living on the northside of Chicago. I am a 53 year old single mother of two that has always only prioritized my children and my art for the last twenty years. I have learned embracing my mistakes make for a better understanding of what the universe wants for my art. I like to consider myself a self taught artist learning through the organic shapes in nature and the energy of the female body. I was lucky enough to experience top art schools in Chicago while working several jobs. I rebelled against rules of technique and styles, to develop my own. I am a fashion junkie for textiles and patterns, creating utopia environments with my collage and mixed media art.
My activism to right the injustices against people of color has caused my art to evolve. I am very verbally
active artistically in my community spreading the messages of love to our neighbors. Each piece of art represents the blood shed of the people of color that continues today. I am channeling the pain and suffering of my ancestors that bare no faces to the ones that harmed them. Not being able to identify the faces takes you to the mindset of a POC not feeling relevant enough to live or have justice.
I am also taking my art to the streets to advocate for social changes on racism, and women's rights with the murals, painted in bright colors with hidden messages to observe and process. The mediums and techniques used are homemade inks, collage, watercolor, and the new medium of encaustic wax painting with acrylic inks.
With our current situation in the world, my art has become a necessity for myself and others. There is a need for expression and discussion from POC. I am not concerned with my art work being liked by society, but I do want my work to spark an emotion to the viewer to ask the question of why when
they see my art.
"I Am Aware I Am Rare" is my motto, embracing being a female black artist without boundaries for expression in my creations. Learning to walk with my eyes closed in nature's beauty is what inspires me to become one with my highest power when creating. What is the first organic shape I see when I open my eyes, that relates to the female body and essence? Does anyone else see the woman in the tree that wants to be seen? What is her message, and how can I relate that in my art?
Founder of Cannon Fine Arts
Cannon Fine Art Gallery, LLC, is brought to you by Rose M. Cannon, a 2019 graduate of the Evanston Community Business Academy and a lifelong resident of Evanston. She has spent most of her professional career in US governmental work from which she retired in 2016 and has studied both visual and performance art through 4th year of University. Rose has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, and although most of her professional life was spent in government service, she always longed for the time to return to the arts and kept close contacts in both areas of visual and performance art. After retirement Rose refreshed her art skills and discovered that owning and operating her own art gallery would bring further joy and satisfaction to her life.
As the owner and gallerist/curator of Cannon Fine Art Gallery, Rose represents artists exhibiting their work to exhibit and sell. The gallery business generally requires her to scout local, national, and international markets, wherein, her artists might exhibit their work in shows. Additionally, she keeps close tabs on various sources of funding to which her artists might apply, and she also keeps ongoing contact with local and international art markets. She maintains constant contact with the artists she represents, attempting to inspire them to continue creating and to satisfy their professional needs and wants. Rose is constantly on the lookout for exciting, professionally established and emerging artists to represent in her gallery.
Currently, Cannon Fine Art Gallery has been operating almost exclusively virtually and online until pandemic restrictions are fully lifted. However, Rose’s highest wish is to very soon find a brick-and-mortar gallery to house her shows.
My patrons and interested parties may see my artists’ work here at CannonFineArtGallery.com.
Mission + History
A number of the artists that I currently represent and show in my online gallery represent our original cast of artists from ‘Soulworks’ shows that were held at the 1100 Florence Gallery in Evanston and also held at the Evanston Art Center in 2019 and 2020. The artists from my prior shows are bringing new and exciting additions from their current bodies of work as well as bringing back a few well-received past works. My new artists are bringing an additional excitement of new work to the gallery for your viewing pleasure.
As a self-taught gallerist/curator, I find myself in one of the most challenging (and actually creative) times in the art world, as we pivot from the usual streams of activity and revenue to re-create alternate and sustainable ways to exhibit and promote art through this pandemic and beyond. Each artist will be offered the protection of the “Ross-Sutton Agreement” (at the artist’s discretion) for the purchasing of art, where the artist, post-sale, retains the right of first refusal when it comes to that particular sale. The agreement would prohibit a buyer from selling the work at auction for three to five years after purchasing it, and ask that the artist receive 15 percent from “the upside,” of the profit from subsequent sales of their work.
Cannon Fine Art Gallery (solely online presence at this time), headed by Rose M. Cannon, gallerist/curator and owner, seeks to represent emerging and established artists of color, who have historically been underrepresented (and underpaid) in the art world and are finding themselves in this exciting time of emerging social justice work, while seeking to expand their careers. I am intent on bringing art shows and my website presence to explore the intersectionality of art and social justice work, even if it means no more than exhibiting works of artists of color (and including artists from all other cultures who address the struggles of repressed peoples around the world) in venues where all people might come together in a warm and hospitable environment. Additionally, I am committed to developing and serving artists that I represent in the pursuit of developing their careers and seeking sources of revenue to support themselves.