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Shelley Reed: These Green Pastures
September 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Visions West Contemporary is pleased to announce solo exhibition of paintings by Shelley Reed, These Green Pastures. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 17, 6-8 pm. One highlight of the exhibition will be a monumental painting along with large-scale works on paper. The exhibition continues through October 30, 2021.
Reed is inspired by the layers of specific symbolic cultural language of Northern European Baroque paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries. More specifically, Melchior de Hondecoeter, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, and Frans Snyders. Even though visual language and symbolism have evolved vastly, Reed utilizes 17th- and 18th-century imagery to create complex narratives that speak to fundamentals of human behavior such as danger and desire.
A fundamental difference between Reed’s paintings and 17th- and 18th-century paintings is the use of color. Reed’s work is solely rendered in black and white which leads to a cinematic effect forcing the contemporary viewer to examine the complexities of the paintings as opposed to being seduced by rich and vibrant color. Thus allowing, us, the viewer to focus on the psychological aspects of the painting’s narrative.
About the artist:
Shelley was awarded a Traveling Fellowship in 2013 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and was a finalist for a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in 2012. In 2006 she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She was the recipient of the 2005 Maud Morgan Award from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and a 2005 Berkshire Taconic Artist’s Resource Trust Grant.
Her work can be found in public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Wellington Management Company, Fidelity Investment Corporation, Hallmark Collection, Lila Acheson Wallace Collection, Bank of Boston, Rose Art Museum, Danforth Museum, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.