Shelley Reed (b. 1958, Westbury, NY) lives in Boston, MA, and is represented by Danese/Corey and the Sears-Peyton Gallery, both in New York City, as well as Visions West Contemporary in Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. She is a recipient of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Maud Morgan Award and two Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grants, as well as a Traveling Fellowship from the SMFA, Boston. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums and can be found in public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, WY, the Columbia Museum of Art, SC, Wellington Management Company, Fidelity Investment Corporation, as well as New England institutions including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Rose Art Museum, the Danforth Museum, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and Bank of Boston.
Young Lion - (After Snyders)
Portrait (after Hondecoeter)
Falcon (after Landseer)
Belted Kingfisher (after Fuertes) detail
Cockatoo (after Weenix) detail
Scouring thousands of books, I search for images of old paintings meaningful to today. I repaint fragments, collaging bits together to create a new image, one that affirms art history’s relevance to contemporary culture.
While I explore the meaning these images originally had, I’m also interested in how they can be reinterpreted today. My work is a mash-up of these images; art history shaken and pieced back together to address how our animal natures have or haven’t changed, and what that signifies for our collective future.