DescriptionOriginal artwork is for sale. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries. View more of my artwork online at www.lynnetteshelley.comI originally intended to reference the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan with this artwork, but gradually the work became the Celtic goddess Brigid instead (whom the Catholic church “adopted” as St. Bridget). Since I finished the artwork on the Celtic festival of Imbolc , I think that is fitting.Brigid, most probably originally a sun goddess, is a Celtic triple goddess representing healing, poetry and smithcraft. She’s also the goddess of abundance and is associated with the festival of Imbolc, which occurs at the beginning of February and celebrates the approaching spring.While the white swan is Brigid’s symbol, I took some artistic liberties and made the swan black (as a nocturnal symbol). Imbolc is also known as the festival of lights so Brigid as the solar symbol is taming the dark of winter (i.e. the Black Swan)..Swans themselves are used often in folklore to represent fidelity, love, creativity, intuition and purity. In fact, swans are the symbol of the Greek muses.Artwork measures 12.5×19 inches approximately. Mixed media (oil pastels, colored pencils, liquid gold leaf, liquid copper leaf, black marker, metal foil collage) on Canson paper.
Lynnette Shelley, Ambler Member Since April 2010 Artist Statement Lynnette Shelley is a Pennsylvania artist specializing in contemporary mixed media paintings and illustrations. Having a great love of animals, fairytales, 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 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 abstraction, decorative element and contemporary vision, these creatures speak to our collective unconscious."
Her artwork has been displayed nationally as well as at various regional Philadelphia-area venues, including Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST); the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences; The Straube Center in Pennington, NJ; the Nichols Berg Gallery in Philadelphia; Three Ravens Gallery in Ardmore, PA; Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA; the Brandywine Festival of the Arts and the Wilmington Grand Opera House in Delaware; Immaculata University's annual juried art show; Annex 24 Gallery in Lancaster; and the Maryland Federation of the Arts in Annapolis. 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 Countryside Gallery in Newtown, PA, and Nichols Berg Gallery in Philadelphia. She is also a member of InLiquid, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit arts organization, as well as a member of the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center. 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. The Red Masque is signed to an experimental / avant label based out of Colorado.
Originally from Delaware, Lynnette currently lives and works out of Ambler, PA.