Artist StatementLet me take you to a place that is not on this earth plane. Come to the Land of Two Suns where trees never die and souls rest patiently in fertile fields waiting for the birth of their human counterparts; where trees feel; where little beings of light dance beneath the moon; where wisdom trees yearn for the day peace reigns, again, on earth. This is what I paint. My paintings are my journey inward.
Shelley Lowell was born in the Bronx, NY in 1946. She graduated with a BFA in Advertising Design and Visual Communications from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Since then, she has maintained a high level of creativity with parallel careers as a fine artist, and a graphic desgner/art director/illustrator, as well as poet. She has won numerous awards for her fine and commercial art. Her work has been published in over a dozen books. Her art and poetry is her way to communicate her inner-self and her reaction to her surroundings. Her artistic ability was developed over the last 30+ years expressed as contemporary artwork with an edge, a statement and a message. In the beginning of her art career (1970s), her work earned her the label of a NYC Feminist representational and social commentary visual artist as she produced monumental original artwork and poetry as a counter statement to what she felt as demeaning aspects of the sexual revolution of the period. Ms. Lowell continued her figurative fine art quest while maintaining a successful creative ad agency first in NYC (1974-77), then later in Atlanta, GA (1977-96). Shortly after moving to Asheville, NC (1996) where she owned a gallery and curated the exhibitions, her art works changed into a non-representational abstracted style which continued through 2003. In her paintings and poetry today, she uses metaphor such as a tree as a symbol of humanity or a symbol of the world humanity inhabits, creating the duality of the seen and the unseen, metaphorically and in reality. Both convey a message through its subject, scale and its underlayed composition and atmosphere. Her art has been in museum exhibitions including The International Museum of Erotic Art (CA), High Museum of Art (GA), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (NY); solo shows, a two-person show, group and juried shows from New York City to Atlanta, GA. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NYC), Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville (GA) and the Dr. Pepper Company, (TX). Her work is in the Archive Library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC). Ms. Lowell resides in Baltimore, Maryland where she has her studio.