A self taught artist, Shelley Dyer-Gibbins studied graphic designs at various art schools and universities in Salisbury, Plymouth and Exeter, then worked in corporate offices in London and Somerset. Her graphic, retro-toned pieces primarily feature linocut printmaking as well as techniques such as overpainting, underpainting, collage and gold/silver leaf.
Shelley has an extremely impressive CV considering she only began working full-time as an artist in 2017. She has won prizes like Winner of the NOA National Open Art Prize 2017 and 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. 2020 brings the Cheddar Arts Fringe and of course, the Heart of the Tribe.
“From the moment I carve the linocut, not really knowing exactly how the marks will be interpreted to the ‘first pull’ of the inked paper and then the big ‘reveal.’ That’s the kick I get from the whole process. It’s the not really knowing part that excites and inspires me to experiment further with my artwork.” Shelley lists Pop Art, especially the work of Andy Warhol, as her major influence, both stylistically (use of vibrant colour, for instance) and thematically (a shared celebration of Vintage). She celebrates risk-taking in art and challenges the Iconic. For instance, in “The Three Graces,” Shelley plays with art historical tropes in a subversive yet cheeky representation of 20th century women. “Strength, risk and doing what pleases you, [are] key to any Art.”