Shelley Vanderbyl (b. 1985) is an expressive painter currently residing in Winnipeg. She works both with paint and plaster in various combinations. Her pieces beckon the viewer to an absorbing in-person experience - due to either their minuscule size, their surface texture, or the nature of their installation.
Through art-making, Shelley forges her experiences and memories into hope for the future; expressing the passage of time is a core part of her work. She labours over her plaster frescoes, layering repeatedly, burnishing matte surfaces, scraping and chipping away at them to reveal their underlying stories. She is inspired by the plaster fragments she preserved from the walls of her recently-rebuilt centenary home, and by the similarly-fascinating wear and repair that she documented on frescoes in the Louvre.
Her work has been in group and solo exhibitions across Canada, and was recently featured in a solo show in Gstaad, Switzerland. Her Memory Tales paintings are currently being shown in rural communities around the province by the Manitoba Arts Network. Shelley created a giant 75 x 5.5 foot mural installation, temporarily reimagining the Blankenstein Gallery of Winnipeg’s Millennium Library. In 2016, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada honoured Vanderbyl by presenting one of her paintings to His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Her work is in corporate and private collections across Canada, Sweden, Austria, the UK, and Switzerland.
Shelley was an inaugural member of Ace Art’s Cartae open school; the program challenges traditional art school paradigms with an emphasis on self teaching and peer-to-peer learning.
Shelley has made numerous appearances on radio and television, and has been profiled in newspapers across Canada and in Switzerland.
This is my life’s work: to heal, and to inspire.
2017 September, First Fridays Art Talk, Winnipeg, MB
2017 October, Solo Show, Breast Cancer Fundraiser, Fleet Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2018 March, Group Show, Spain
2018 October, Residency, Tranas, Sweden
2017 MemoryTales, Sam Waller Museum, The Pas, MB
2016 Fresco. Gurevich Fine Art; Winnipeg, MB
2016 MemoryTales. New Icelandic Heritage Museum; Gimli, MB
2016 MemoryTales. Arts Mosaic; Virden, MB
2016 Installation; Transforming a Hallway into a Swiss Train Ride At Dawn.
Blankenstein Gallery; Winnipeg, MB
2015 TimeKeeping. Hair Room Gallery; Gstaad, Switzerland
2015 MemoryTales. McCreary and District Library, MB
2014 Beyond My Husband’s Quarters. RCAF Base 17 Wing; Winnipeg, MB
2014 Memory Tales. Cornish Library; Winnipeg, MB
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2017 Something Can Happen Beyond Expectation, Galerie Rostrum 2, Malmo, Sweden
2017 Nurtured, Two person show. Woodlands Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2017 Supermarket Art Fair, Intimacy themed. Stockholm, Sweden
2016 Overganger/ Transitions. Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba, Sweden.
Curated by Abir Boukari of All Art Now.
2016 Order/Disorder. MAWA; Winnipeg, MB
2015 Cartae Year End Exhibition. Ace Art; Winnipeg, MB. Installation including frescoes.
2015 Arrival. GFA McNally; Winnipeg, MB
2014 In Celebration of Women's Art. Gurevich Fine Art; Winnipeg, MB
2014 Her ART Her VOICE. The Edge Gallery; Winnipeg, MB
2014 Access Granted / Denied Access. The Edge Gallery; Winnipeg, MB
2013 The Stuff of Mothering. Arts Junction; Winnipeg, MB
2013 Daily-ness. MAWA; Winnipeg, MB
2010 Integrating Immigrant Women into the Community Through Art.
MJMAG; Moose Jaw, SK
VISITING ARTIST/ TALKS
2016 Memory Tales Artist Talk / Opening. New Icelandic Heritage Museum; Gimli, MB
2015 Drywall Taping for Fun workshop. Ace Art (artist-run centre); Winnipeg, MB
2015 Artist Talk. Exchange Community Church; Winnipeg, MB
2014 Beauty in Four Cultures Artist Talk. The Edge; Winnipeg, MB
2014 Her ART Her VOICE Panel Discussion. The Edge Gallery; Winnipeg, MB
2014 Beyond My Husband’s Quarters Artist Talk. RCAF Base 17 Wing; Winnipeg, MB
2013 Artist as a Career Artist Talk. Arnprior District High School; Arnprior, ON
2017 March Study Untitled Study, Instagram
2015 Four weeks of international studio practice in Lauenen, Switzerland
2015 Research in the Louvre documenting wear on Frescoes. Paris, France
2014-2015 Cartae Open School. Eight-months. Ace Art (artist-run centre); Winnipeg, MB
2011 Drawing in the Landscape. U of S week-long workshop. Emma Lake, SK
2010 Integrating Immigrant Women into the Community Through Art. MJMAG; Moose Jaw, SK. Joint venture of the Moose Jaw Multicultural Society and the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (MJMAG) Partnered with immigrant women to make art together, with a final group exhibition at MJMAG.
2009-2010 Studies through Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, including painting, drawing, mixed media, independent study, studio visits with curators and mentors; Moose Jaw, SK
2008-2010 Owner / Operator, The Moose Jaw Storehouse art studio boutique; Moose Jaw, SK
2005-2009 Owner and operator. Drywall taping, murals and custom plaster. AB, ON, SK
2016 CKUW. Neon Beige Sound Exchange 05.15.16. 12-1pm. Winnipeg, MB
2016 Winnipeg Free Press. Art and being a mom can coexist by Jen Zoratti. Winnipeg, MB
2015 Anzeiger von Saanen. Eine Brucke Zwischen Berner Oberland und Kanada by Bianca Burri; Saanen, Switzerland
2015 Anzeiger von Saanen. Kanadische Künstlerin stellt in ‘The Hair Room Gallery’ aus. Saanen, Switzerland
2015 Winnipeg Free Press. Exciting things are afoot at artist-run exchange gallery by Steven Leyden Cochrane. Winnipeg, MB
2015 Winnipeg Free Press. Mother’s art will satisfy even picky eaters by Alison Gilmore.
2014 CTV. Moms Honoured in Art Exhibit. Winnipeg, MB
2014 Canadian Military Family Magazine. Paintings, The Voice Of Military Spouse Web Article by Vicki Morrison. Petawawa, ON
2014 UMFM Radio. Beyond My Husband’s Quarters Interview. Winnipeg, MB
2014 The Voxair. Art Show Examines Military Life from the Family Side by Bruce Tulloch. Winnipeg, MB
2014 Breakfast Television. Local Arts Update 05.02.14. Winnipeg, MB
2014 CTV Morning Live. MemoryTales. Winnipeg, MB
2010 Shaw Television. Young Talented Artist Currently Working in the Canadian Prairies. Moose Jaw, SK
Work in corporate and private collections across Canada, in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and in the UK.
In 2016, Crepuscular Rays was presented to His Royal Highness Prince Edward, on behalf of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
In 2017, 25 paintings were purchased for the art collections of hospitals in Sweden, most notably The New Karoliska Hospital. Several more were sold to private collectors in Canada and in Switzerland.