painting of solitary bison by Shelby Prindaville, acrylic on wood

Perfect Form

Shelby Prindaville, 2015
Acrylic on sealed basswood panel, 12″ x 12″
Image © 2015, courtesy of the artist

watercolor painting of moth


Shelby Prindaville, 2014
Watercolor on tobacco-flecked sugarcane paper, 10″ x 13″
Image © 2015, courtesy of the artist

watercolor painting of wild piglet


Shelby Prindaville, 2014
Watercolor on dyed banana paper, 11″ x 17″
Image © 2015, courtesy of the artist

About the Artist

Shelby Prindaville creates paintings and sculptures that capture the beauty, frailty and resilience of the natural world. She uses materials that are organic and variable, imbuing her images with energy and vitality. Through her celebrations of nature, Prindaville inspires us to search for ecological balance and an ongoing connection to our fellow creatures, large and small.

Explore These Artworks

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inkblot in the form of insect with wolf profiles in negative space
fist that grows into a tree
image of mountain with reflection in lake

  • In the words of the artist:

    Geometry 2014 (image of moth above)

    “This piece speaks directly to the artwork’s own footprint; the subject matter, media, and composition visually and conceptually speak to light footprints and environmental awareness.  The moth is native to the biodiverse Amazon rainforest and is painted with non-toxic watercolors on handmade paper made out of eco-friendly renewable resources – tobacco and sugarcane.  While a tree can take decades to mature, tobacco and sugarcane take a fraction of the time to grow to harvest and are more easily processed by hand.”

    Survey 2015 (image below) , Acrylic on sealed basswood panel, 14″ x 18″

    “Bison are one of the quintessential American icons and they are heavy animals not just literally – though they can top 2,000 pounds – but also metaphorically; they are a species that humanity almost slaughtered to extinction in the 19th century and then managed to save, a nostalgic symbol of the Wild West, and an often dangerously temperamental animal that is nowadays nevertheless successfully kept as livestock. When thinking about bison, we can’t help but compare visions of the vast prairies that supported enormous herds of bison with the present day.”

    Painting of bison in profile by Shelby Prindaville, acrylic on wood

  • From World Wildlife Fund:

    Symbols of strength and determination, bison are Ice Age survivors. However, once numbering in the tens of millions in North America, their numbers were decimated in just a few decades as expansion pressed westward. No other species on Earth has declined so quickly.

    Several Native American tribes are working with WWF to “bring the bison home” to their native lands in the great plains of the United States, and to grow bison numbers once again across vast grasslands under their management.

    Learn more about bison and WWF’s work to protect them here.

  • Shelby Prindaville paints images of bison against blank backgrounds. These majestic creatures, removed from their natural environment, appear like apparitions.  Bison are iconic symbols in the United States, representing the rocky road to wildlife preservation.  Wendell Gladstone also depicts bison in the following detail, rendering them in a surreal style to similar effect.  Look for Wendell Gladstone’s work in Part II of the exhibition.

    Smoke Signal Rope Umbilical (detail), by Wendell Gladstone © 2007, courtesy of the artist and Kravets Wehby Gallery

    bison with water dripping out of it

  • Featured Actions:

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  • Reserved for future conversations.