Shelley Gilchrist


Bridgeport Art Center 5th Annual Art Competition
Third Place Award to Motley Curve, above
James Yood & Fred Camper, Jurors
Bridgeport Art Center
Chicago, IL
January 20 - March 3

Like, uh, you know what I mean
Brickton Art Center
Park Ridge, IL
April 1 - 28

Beth Shadur, Juror
Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College
Chicago Hts, IL
June 5 - July 13

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.

Just Published:
• Studio Visit, Volume 35, January 2017 (Jessica Roscio, juror)

Recent Publications:
• Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century (E. Ashley Rooney, ed.), available here
• Studio Visit, Volume 31 (Mary M. Tinti, juror)

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

above: Motley Curve front view and details