Saturday, 18 May 2013

VPHG: Artist Spotlight - Shelley Hall



You may have noticed that over the past few months we've been highlighting our makers through the regular stockist spotlight space. With our gallery calendar in full swing, I've been wanting to add another element to our spotlights, and add interviews with our exhibiting artists!

This weekend we're featuring Shelley Hall for our Artist Spotlight - one of the artists exhibiting in the current show, Anatomy. I really enjoy Shelley's style, especially her oil works. Be sure to pop in before the 24th of May to check out Shelley's work.

Shelley Hall's Artist Book, currently exhibited at VPHG

Tell us a little about your artistic journey...

I have been an artist ever since I can remember.  As a young girl I spent most of my time painting and drawing.  I became serious about my art practice about 13 years ago when I was in a position to dedicate more time to painting and haven’t looked back.

What inspires you?

Life, nature, colour, movement, freedom, other artists.
Shelley Hall's Memento Mori

What are the main medium(s) that you work in?

I work primarily in oil painting, but also drawing, printmaking and occasionally sculpture.


How would you describe your work? 

My work is very diverse and is constantly evolving.  Essentially it explores the themes of nature, spirituality and femininity.  

Shelley Hall's John Getting Dressed
Tell us about the specific pieces submitted for 'Anatomy' at VPHG
The two paintings address the issue of mortality and are a reminder of the importance of living in the moment.  The Artist’s book was created from a meditation on the landscape.  It includes poetry and drawings of found objects such as bone, dead leaves and flowers.  The naked female figure sitting beside a river in the landscape symbolises that we are all one with nature, life and death.  The choice of handmade paper represents impermanence and transience.


What are you working on currently?

At this stage, I am continuing to respond to the landscape.  I am also considering introducing the figure and other elements into the paintings.

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