Shelley’s graphic, retro-toned pieces primarily feature linocut printmaking, as well as utilising techniques such as overpainting, underpainting, collage and gold/silver leaf. Recently, in lockdown, she has extended her skill set by using graphite, spray paint, Neon, and LED lighting. Her artworks play with traditional printmaking methods, but also experiment with their execution, giving them an edge similar to her influences: Warhol; Illuminati Neon; Darren West; Henry Hate; and Damien Hirst.
Shelley won the NOA National Open Art Prize 2017 and was a finalist at VAO Visual Open Art 2018. Her work has been featured in exhibitions such as UpFest Bristol, Bath Open Art Prize and the National Original Print Exhibition at Bankside London. 2021 brings the Cheddar Arts Fringe and of course, the Heart of the Tribe.
She also enjoys using the elegant, tapered, and perhaps “dangerous” tools needed to produce a lino print, as well as the very tactile process of it. “I realise that I have a very sensory approach to my working process. The printing process is a kind of magic moment revealing sometimes hours of concentration and work” she concludes.
Self taught, she produced ‘Magpies’ which was sold to The Atkinson Gallery for their private collection in 2017. Shortly afterwards she won the 21st NOA’s Original Print Prize with ‘Cinegirl’. It is the biggest open art competition in the UK, with more than 4,000 entrants. The winning entry was exhibited at The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, Wharf and as a grand finale, exhibited at the critically acclaimed Pallant House Gallery, home to one of the best collections of Modern British Art in the UK.
The NOA was a platform to help boost her creative career and in doing so, she has gained awards, and staged various solo and combined shows. She has recently exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, London, as part of the NOPE (National Open Print Exhibition) and part of UPFEST 2021, the street art and graffiti Festival in Bristol (within the heartland of Banksy).
“Art provokes emotions within people, that’s the whole point. When I’m creating it provokes an emotion and a feeling during the process. People see my pieces and go “That’s me” They find a connection, they find their story with it”.
Her exhibition will run from October 21st until November 15th, with a private view on the evening of the 20th October between 6.30-8.30pm, all are welcome to attend.
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