September  8 - October 8
Tubbs Gallery


Friday Sept 8
5 pm - 7 pm

works by Lynnette Shelley

Lynnette Shelley Ready for Flight 2017 mixed media 8" x 8"


Artist Statement

One of my primary artistic interests is exploring animals, icons and archetypes. Whether painted on cave walls, portrayed as omens or totems or even worshiped as personifications of the gods, animals were a favorite motif for our ancestors, and they still continue to infatuate people today. Animalistic imagery and themes can be seen in pop culture in everything from folklore and mythology to cartoons, logos and mascots. 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. – L.S.

 Selected Artwork

Lynnette Shelley Blue Geckos 2015
ink & acrylic 11" x 14"

Lynnette Shelley Swimming with Fire 2015
mixed media 22" x 22"

Lynnette Shelley Hippokampos 2015
ink & acrylic 24" x 36"


Lynnette Shelley Smiling Caiman 2017
ink & acrylic 18" x 14"

Lynnette Shelley Arise from Ashes 2015
mixed media 16" x 20"

Lynnette Shelley Crouching Leopard 2017
ink & acrylic 16" x 12"


Biographic Information

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.

Shelley's animal and mythological-themed artworks have been displayed nationally as well as regionally at museums, art galleries and other venues. In 2016, 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. She also 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 writing and performing in since 2001. Shelley is also the vocalist in Green Cathedral, a contemporary art rock band. They will be releasing their debut album in 2017.


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