530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Sheila Susanna Shelton
Portal of Enigma
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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Sheila Susanna Shelton


Portal of Enigma
May 19 – June 9, 2015
Reception: Thursday, May 21, 2015 6-8 PM

A practitioner of Vipassana meditation, Sheila Susanna Shelton views painting as a meditative practice that eliminates the ego. When she paints, Shelton feels that she is no longer a “doer,” but instead a medium through which life itself travels. Shelton paints outdoors in “pure light” under a mountain apple tree in Kauai. “My paintings,” Shelton says, “are an expression of the silence and joy that is happening in my innermost being.” 

Shelton’s paintings are abstract expressionist in nature and hearken back to a variety of artists within the movement. She employs a number of techniques in her art, from paint dripping to thick brushwork, the result of which is a diverse body of work that constantly surprises. Shelton’s artistic instincts were bolstered by her time at the Color Research Institute of San Francisco, where she studied under Ruth Strock, a proponent of “color-awareness” as learned through the metaphysics of color, an ancient Hindu science. Art has long been an essential mode of expression. “What cannot be said in words,” Shelton remarks, “is said in the play of colors.”

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