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“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 totems or even 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.”

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Lynnette Shelley is an award-winning Pennsylvania artist specializing in contemporary mixed media animal paintings. Having a great love of wildlife, folktales, tribal art and world mythology, Shelley 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 and totemic animal art and folklore-inspired creations are both primitive and sophisticated, and have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

Shelley’s animal and mythological-themed artworks have been displayed nationally as well as regionally at museums, art galleries and other venues. Most recently, she was one of 28 artists selected to participate in the Donkeys Around Town public arts initiative in Philadelphia. She painted two of the 57 fiberglass donkeys that were displayed in Center City Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention in July 2016 (see press release). She also recently had four of her artworks licensed and installed as large prints in Nemours duPont Pediatrics new facility in Deptford, NJ.

Shelley is represented by Mala Galleria in Kennett Square, PA, and Ivystone Studio in Downingtown, PA.

In addition to her fine art pursuits, Shelley is also the co-founder of The Red Masque, an original dark art rock / progressive rock band she has been performing in since 2001. Shelley is also the vocalist in Green Cathedral, a contemporary art rock band. They are currently recording their debut album.

Originally from Delaware, Shelley lives and works out of Ambler, in addition to a studio in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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…
Posted over 5 years – 6 comments

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…
Posted over 5 years – 5 comments

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…
Posted almost 6 years – 3 comments

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…
Posted about 6 years – 1 comments
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