Pennsylvania artist, Lynnette Shelley’s unusual and culturally charged artwork has won numerous awards and found its way into collections across the world. Her mixed media pieces are a conglomeration of her drawing passion and the collection of interests she has pulled from Celtic art, wildlife, archetypal symbology and art nouveau. Lynnette explains, I’ve been fascinated by artwork from native cultures from all around the world, and also by the folklore and mythology from those cultures. This was natural as when I was a child, Greek mythology and fairytales were some of my favorite reading material. So, my current style is an amalgam of things I have picked up over the years as well as my love for patterns and stylized shapes. These sort of all meld into the pictures I am creating now.”
Lynnette’s drawing has been the primary focus of her work, guiding her to mixed media and to find Aquabord™, a toothy surface that grabs her drawing utensils. “I originally worked on paper and illustration board since I am heavily into drawing. However, as I developed my background splash techniques, I needed a sturdier surface and one that could absorb water well. I also wanted to be able to eliminate glass framing from the finished process as I did not want a barrier between the viewer and the artwork, not to mention the expense of custom glass frames. Doing some research online, I came across Ampersand’s Aquabords. These seemed to be the perfect solution for what I wanted to do. I picked some up several years ago and they have been a game changer in my artwork practice. I would say at this point 85 percent of my artworks are on Ampersand Panels. Usually Aquabord, though I have also used Gessobord and Hardbord as of late,” she shares. Lynnette works with ink, acrylic and sometimes unique materials like Pysanky eggshells. Her subjects, passions and media come together as a story all in one striking piece.
This coming July, Lynnette will be part of a Philadelphia exhibit, DNC Donkeys Around Town, featuring 28 artists who have painted 57 life-size fiberglass donkeys, representing the fifty states, six U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. The exhibit, for the Democratic National Convention, will be displayed around Philadelphia at popular tourist spots and Lynnette will be featuring Missouri and Oklahoma for her two donkeys. However, if you would like to see Lynnette’s work on panels, or purchase her work, you can find her in numerous places.
Lynnette regularly exhibits her work and is represented by (and co-curates) at the JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA and also by Mala Galleria in Kennett Square, PA. You can keep up with her current work on our Facebook Group where she posts frequently, or you can find her full exhibition schedule on her website: lynnetteshelley.com/art-shows