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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); Chester County Studio Tours, the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences; Pennsylvania’s John James Audubon Center, the Art Association of Harrisburg; Abington Art Center in 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; Parallax Art Fair in New York City, 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.

In 2013, Lynnette became the Marketing Director and co-curator at JAM Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Malvern, PA. JAM will also be representing her artwork.

Please see her 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 formed in 2001. 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.

Please Note: All images are copyright © Lynnette Shelley. All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from the artist is prohibited.

  • Joined: May 2009


Lots of News to Share: New Art Gallery plus First Museum Show!

I guess I can let the cat out of the bag now: the lease is officially signed on a new gallery space in Malvern, PA today. Artist Melanie Fisher is the owner and operator of the new gallery, called JAM Gallery, and I will be the gallery’s Marketing Director. We will both be curating shows by various regional and national artists as well as displaying our own work. We hope to have a soft open…
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My First Museum Show Plus Other Big News

Hi all / I’m sorry I have not posted in here in a while. I have a bunch of works that I need to upload to here this week but life has been very busy as of late. / First of all, I am very excited and honored to announce that my artwork The Dogs of War will be at the “Art of the State” annual juried show this summer at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA. There were 1…
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Work in Progress Videos

Hi all / Been super busy as of late, but I did manage to take a couple of short videos of some current works so you can see a little bit of my painting process. These are both primarily oil pastel-based works. / “Jangala” / 18 × 24 inches / Oil pastels and colored pencils on pastelbord / Watch the video here: / / I will post the final artwork here once…
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Video of my current show in Philadelphia: WILD AT ART, plus Upcoming NYC Show at Parallax Art Fair

The fantastic Brandon Lord Ross made a video for my show at the MRAC this month. Check it out: / Wild At Art: featuring the work of Melanie Fisher, Ken Januski and Lynnette Shelley at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC) in Philadelphia, PA for the month of November. Check out the youtube video to watch interviews with the artists and see a preview of the show. / [Video] / Artists Lynnette S…
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