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Lynnette Shelley is a Pennsylvania artist specializing in contemporary mixed media animal paintings and illustrations. Having a great love of wildlife, folktales, and world mythology, Lynnette fuses these influences into her strikingly unique artworks. Her paintings strike a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her complex compositions and zoomorphic animal art and folklore-inspired creations are both primitive and sophisticated, and have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.
"One of my primary interests has always been exploring legends and stories from around the world. Why are certain motifs ubiquitous across cultures and continents? These archetypal stories are told repeatedly in different guises throughout myth and folklore, and animals are often used to convey these mysteries. Whether painted on cave walls, portrayed as omens or worshiped as personifications of the gods, animals were a favorite theme for our ancestors. My artwork takes a closer look at this archetypal animal kingdom. Reinterpreted through art, abstraction, decorative element and contemporary vision, these creatures speak to our collective unconscious."
"In addition, I like to paint artworks incorporating endangered or extinct animals, and also unusual animals, to bring awareness to what we as humans are doing to our planet, as well as to explore all the varieties of life around us."
Lynnette's animal and mythological-themed artworks have been displayed nationally as well as regionally, including the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST); the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences; Parallax Art Fair in New York City; the Art Association of Harrisburg in PA; Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA; the Nichols Berg Gallery in Philadelphia; Three Ravens Gallery in Ardmore, PA; Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA; Immaculata University's annual juried art show; Annex 24 Gallery in Lancaster, PA; Art6 Gallery in Richmond, VA; Artworks Gallery in Trenton, NJ; The Straube Center in Pennington, NJ; the Wilmington Grand Opera House in Delaware; the Maryland Federation of the Arts in Annapolis; and the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, CA. Some of her creature drawings were featured in the animated short "The Spider Is the Web" shown at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, while more of her artwork was featured as part of an on-screen art show at the 2008 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. She also exhibited at the juried art show at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA, one of the largest fantasy / sci fi-themed conventions in the world.
Lynnette is represented by Nichols Berg Gallery in Philadelphia, and Mullica Hill Art Center in NJ. She is also an artist member of the Philadelphia / Tri-State Artists Equity Association, the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center in Philadelphia and the Art Association of Harrisburg. Please see this website's exhibitions page for her current event schedule.
In addition to her fine art pursuits, Lynnette is also the co-founder of The Red Masque, an original avant rock band which has played numerous shows and festivals since 2001, as well as releasing numerous recordings. The Red Masque is signed to Beta-lactam Ring Records in Portland, OR.
Originally from Delaware, Lynnette currently lives and works out of Ambler, PA, in Montgomery County, just a few miles north of Philadelphia.
"Crescent Crowned and White of Feather" by Lynnette Shelley,
Mixed Media on Aquabord, 16 x 20 inches, 2013