Shelley Dyer Gibbins
Living in Somerset and originally trained as a graphic designer, Shelley worked in London, Bristol and Bath for over 20 years. She’s now an artist and printmaker, mainly specialising in linocut printmaking as well as an “artist in schools” throughout the southwest of England, teaching and lecturing printmaking.
Being self-taught she produced ‘Magpies’ which was sold to The Atkinson Gallery for their private Collection in 2017. Shortly afterwards, she won the 21st NOA’s Original Print Prize with Cinegirl. The biggest open Art Competition in the UK with over 4000 entrants. The winning entry was exhibited at The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, Wharf and as a grand finale, exhibited at the critically acclaimed Pallant House Gallery, home to one of the best collections of Modern British Art in the UK.
The NOA was a platform to help boost her creative career and in doing so, she has gained awards, and various solo and combined shows. She has recently exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, London as part of the NOPE (National Open Print Exhibition) part of UPFEST 2022, the street art and graffiti Festival in Bristol exhibited with the Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, London and recently published as part of Erotic Art London.
“Art provokes emotions within people, that’s the whole point. When I’m creating it provokes an emotion and a feeling during the process. People see my pieces and go “That’s me” They find a connection, they find their story with it”.
I specialise mainly in Linocut but also add other elements to it such as over or underpainting, collage and gold/silver leaf.
From the moment I carve the linocut, not really knowing exactly how the marks will be interpreted to the ‘first pull’ of the inked paper and then the big ‘reveal’. That’s the kick I get from the whole process. It’s the not really knowing part that excites and inspires me to experiment further with my artwork. I don’t use a press just a wooden spoon as it gives me more control over the overall effect I’m trying to achieve.