Shelley Gilchrist

Different Strokes (details), included in the Global Village exhibition this fall

Upcoming Shows:

IMPACT Color/IMPACT Black & White
The Art Center
Highland Park, IL
Rhonda K. Brown, Cesar Conde, Sheri Rush, Jurors
August 9 - October 2, 2019
Reception August 29, 5:30-7:30PM

Contemporary Ancients
South Haven Art Center
South Haven, MI
August 24 - September 21, 2019

76th Annual Salon Show
David Klamen, Juror
South Shore Arts
Munster, IN
September 14 - November 10, 2019

Global Village
CSI Exhibition at Veeck Gallery
Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL
September 16 - December 13, 2019
Reception October 20, 5-7PM

Fayum 21
Union Street Gallery
Chicago Heights, IL
September 26 - October 26

Recent Awards:

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

Non-representational Award
42nd Annual Beverly Arts Center Exhibition

Recent Interview in VoyageChicago

My work is featured:
• Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century (E. Ashley Rooney, ed.), available here
Studio Visit Magazine includes my work each year, most recently in Volume 44, juried by Francine Weiss

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