Shelley Gilchrist

Ninety at the Shore (details)


Encaustic 2017: Rebirth of An Ancient Medium
Bridgeport Art Center (Lelde Kalmite, Curator)
Chicago, IL
July 21 - September 8

Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Show
NEIU Fine Arts Gallery (Shannon Keck, Juror)
Chicago, IL
August 28 - September 29

South Shore Arts 74th Annual Salon Show
South Shore Center for the Arts (Gregg Hertzlieb, Juror)
Munster, IN
September 7 - October 25

The Vital Art Project
Racine, WI
September 30 - October 31

In the Abstract
Lubeznik Center for the Arts (CarolAnn Brown, Curator)
Michigan City, IN
October 21, 2017 - January 6, 2018

Studio Visit, January 2018 (George Kinghorn, Juror)

Shelley Gilchrist, "Form and Iteration Across Mediums," ProWax Journal, No. 14, Joanne Mattera, ed. You can read my article here or - better yet - browse the whole issue here.

My work also appears here:
• Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century (E. Ashley Rooney, ed.), 2016, available here

In my sculptural paintings, curvilinear motifs and rhythmic ribbons of saturated color create a sense of motion and energy. Features of the natural world – specific scenes and landscapes – inspire me to use these organic design elements to convey the strong impressions that I retain as precise details fade from memory.

Working with organic shapes and moving lines has also led me further into abstraction, to exploring line and color as subjects in themselves. In paper sculptures, simple wavy lines gain power and mystery as shadows are developed through accretion, and on three-dimensionally shaped surfaces, painted straight lines become dynamic. Vivid and unexpected colors are prevalent throughout my body of work.

"Shelley Gilchrist . . . defies the boundaries of the rectangle and square, as her shaped grounds and surface design convey rhythms, organic patterns, land formation, and water motion."
--Kim Bernard, Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century