Abstract sculpture painted in acrylic by Shelley Gilchrist

Summer shows
Continuous Span
Hyde Park Art Center
August 16 - October 9

Sculpture Invasion 2015
Koehnline Museum of Art
Oakton Comm. College, Des Plaines
July 9 - September 18

• Encaustic (E. Ashley Rooney, ed.), Spring 2016
• Studio Visit, Volume 27, January 2015; Volume 31/32, January 2016

• Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome
• First Place Award
2014 Rockford Midwestern Biennial
(William Lieberman, 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.

above: Caution/Winds (details)