L e n  S h e l l e y

As a compulsive collector I'm always looking for new objects and materials to work with. Materials which already have a patina created by nature, metal which is rusting, and wood which is worn. I find these out walking on the street, in fields and on the beach. The coast provides me with the sun-dried fish and sea bird heads I use in the construction of my figures. An animal head once cleaned and treated reveals its own character, which then dictates my use of it.

My working methods have developed out of making puppet animation films. My first step in making a new work is to develop a story, which I then set about illustrating. Sometimes these become drawings sometimes three dimensional pieces. My figures often play upon existing archetypes from children's literature and popular culture, although more and more I create characters from my own world to tell personal stories.

Solo Shows      
2009 Len Shelley Weekend Gallery Hastings
2005 Len Shelley Electric Palace Cinema Hastings
2004 Len Shelley Tunbridge Wells Museum Tunbridge Wells
2002 Len Shelley British Art US.com web gallery Online
1999 Len Shelley Stadsschouwberg (State Theatre) Utrect
1998 Len Shelley De Krackling (Arts Centre) Amsterdam
1998 Len Shelley Ambient Gallery Amsterdam
1997 Len Shelley & Reece Ingram Rye Art Gallery Rye
1995 Story Boxes Claude Andre Gallery Brussels
1994 Len Shelley England & Co. Gallery London
1993 Len Shelley Booth Museum Brighton
Group Shows
2008 Curious and Curioser Rebecca Kormind Gallery Copenhagen
2008 Winters Tales Brewery Arts Centre Cirencester
2005 Yes Yes You All Hastings Museum Hastings
2005 Boxed & Cased Hastings Museum Hastings
2003 Art in Romney Marsh Churches across Romney Marsh Kent
2000 The Silent Scene James Hockey Gallery & Tour Farnham
1998 Barberella Sassoon Gallery & Tour Folkestone
1998   Galerie Villa Zomerlust, Ecken Wiel Netherlands
1998 Gallery Artists Claude Andre Gallery Brussels
1996 Journeys Sussex Open : Museum & Art Gallery Brighton
1996 Flotsam & Jetsam Metrople Arts Centre Folkestone
1996 Gallery Artists Claude Andre Gallery Brussels
1995 Artist Beastiary Galley Ariane Paris
1995 British Surrealism 35-95 England & Co. London
1995 ROSL Annual Open Royal Overseas League London
1995 Coasting Newlyn Art Gallery Penzance
1995 Vision and Imagination Royal Museum Canterbury
1994 The Whitechapel Open London
1994 Leicester Schools Exhibition Leicester
1993 Art in Boxes England & Co. London
1993 Interiors Towner Gallery Eastbourne
1992 East & South Herbert Read Gallery Canterbury
1992 Art in Boxes England & Co. London
1992 Land & Sea Museum & Art Gallery Brighton
1992 A View of the New The Royal Overseas League London
1992 The London Group : Barbican London
1991 A View of the New The Royal Overseas League London
Public Collections      
Kent County Council
South East Arts Collection Towner Art Gallery
Leicestershire County Council