Shelley Gilchrist

Five Six Seven Eight (details) exhibited at Provincetown Art Museum this summer. The show was Organic to Geometric II, curated by Carol Pelletier.
Catalog is available here


CURRENT/UPCOMING SHOWS


Non-Representational Award
42nd Annual Beverly Arts Center Exhibition
Beverly Arts Center
Chicago, IL
November 10 - January 2, 2019
(Paul Nudd & Bert Green, jurors)

Painting with Fire
Zhou B Art Center
Chicago, IL
January 7 - February 8, 2019

Beyond Fayum
Arts Place, Inc.
(Carrie Baxter, curator)
Portland, IN
January 7 - February 3, 2019

Recent Award: Best of Show
Design is a Verb!
Chicago Sculpture International 2018 Biennial

My work is featured:
• Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century (E. Ashley Rooney, ed.), 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 prevail 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