Biographical information for Shelly Inez Lependorf:

An accomplished artist for over 30 yrs. Lependorf is a native of Philadelphia PA and maintains a studio in Old City. Shelly has exhibited worldwide with solo shows in New York City, California and Pennsylvania and has received awards for her work in Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture including American Color Print Society Excellence in Printmaking, G. Noble Wagner Award for sculpture and the University of the Arts Excellence in Painting Award.

The rich empowered paintings of the artist Shelly Inez Lependorf convey through form, line and color the balance and harmony of the natural world. Lependorf deftly synthesizes a variety of interests, materials and influences. Since the early nineties, her work has embraced classic abstract expressionism's leanings toward Asian philosophical and esthetic precepts. Lependorf often utilizes elements, full of "controlled abandon," that present a counterpoint to the orderliness of structural elements creating a balance of opposites. The work is richly layered while retaining a sense of space or breath that reaches for the spirit, connecting on an intimate level. Her work is full of knowledgeable painting strategies and free flowing playful contradictions. The ongoing analysis of contemporary life as it crosses the boundaries of time and space underlies the complex richness of this artist's work.

She creates a new reality in each work, engaging the viewer through the mystery of the process with a skilled sensitivity to light and composition. Her work contains the impact and power of formal integrity and inherently good design.

She is currently collaborating with Stan Shire on a series of new work.
Lependorf’s work is included in private and corporate collection throughout the world.

Biographical Information on Stan Shire:

Stan Shire is Professor and Chair of the Photographic Imaging Department at Community College of Philadelphia. He has a BFA degree in Photography and Film from the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and a Masters degree in Education from Beaver College. He has studied with Ansel Adams, Ray K. Metzker, Ron Rosenstock and John Paul Caponigro. His work is in the Mamiya Masters of the Medium Gallery(U.K.), Savannah Partners-Corporate Headquarters, Museo Hollander (Fuengirola, Spain)and in many private collections.

Spatial Terrain Statement

Textures of the landscape and its natural tonalities are the discrete natural elements on which these paintings are based.

The paintings are worked on unprimed canvas, using sumi brushes for detail with multiple layers of micaceous glazes that cause the light to emanate from within.

The open spatial terrain invites one to move into limitless space and stillness. Utilizing a narrow range of tonality allows for a unification of the imagery.

This monochromatic terrain enhances the feeling of fog and further contributes to its elemental beauty.

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