Painting & Works on Paper
Lives and works in Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles, California
Kelsey Shultis creates sculptural oil paintings that explore strength through thick texture and aggressive movement. Shultis relies on mistakes and unintentional actions for inspiration. Shultis counts mistakes as a cornerstone of her practice, taking the experience of accidents to reconsider them as inspiration.
"Trust your intuition and do what feels right, always strive to move forward."
"It is the convergence of everything for me. It allows me to make sense of myself and it is, for me, the most accurate means to make sense of the rest. I am most awake here, in painting.” - Kelsey Shultis
2010, BFA, Painting, University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Ann Arbor, MI
2009, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design Prague. Prague, Czech Republic
2016, (Upcoming) ArtPrize. Grand Rapids, MI
2015, Body Eclectic, Lawrence St. Gallery. Ferndale, MI
2015, Things Feel Heavy, Tangent Gallery. Detroit, MI
2014, Dead Animals and Drapes : A Still Life, two person show. 2739 Edwin. Hamtramck, MI
2014, Untitled Detroit. Detroit City Distillery. Detroit, MI
2014, The Steezledorf. Rox Gallery. New York, NY
2013, The Coup. The Tappan Collective. West Hollywood, CA
2013, Intermix. Chicago, IL
2013, Transition. 7th Annual Alumni Exhibition. Ann Arbor, MI
2013, G. Studio. Solo Exhibition. Bloomfield Hills, MI
2012, Art Basel. Aqua Art Miami, Tappan Collective. Miami, FL
2012, Tappan Group Show. Tappan Collective. Los Angeles, CA
2012, 404 Wine Bar. Solo exhibition. Chicago, IL
2012, G. Studio. Solo Exhibition. Bloomfield Hills, MI
2012, The Plant. Chicago, IL
2012, Lion Town. Detroit, MI
2011, StreetsmART Collective. Chicago, IL
2011, G. Studio. Solo Exhibition. Bloomfield Hills, MI
2010, G. Studio. Solo Exhibition. Bloomfield Hills, MI
2010, Terracycle. Princeton, NJ
2010, Butter. IP Thesis Exhibition. Forth From its Hinges. Ann Arbor, MI
2010, Wanderlust. Slusser Gallery. Ann Arbor, MI
2010, Tedx UofM. Biomedical Research Building. Ann Arbor, MI
2010, 8th Annual All Student Exhibition Award Winners. Work Gallery. Ann Arbor, MI
2015, Best in Show, Things Feel Heavy, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI
2012, 3rd Ward Open Call Finalist. Brooklyn, NY
2010, Integrative Project Gorman Grant. University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Ann Arbor, MI
2010, Guy Palazzola Senior Award. University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Ann Arbor, MI
2009 - 2010, James B. Angell Scholar. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI
2008, Emil Weddige Junior Award. University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Ann Arbor, MI
InSitu Works. New York, NY
The Tappan Collective. Los Angeles, CA
2015, Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 29 and 30
About Kelsey Shultis
Kelsey Shultis is an artist working predominantly with oil paints, who lives and works in Detroit, MI and Los Angeles, CA. She studied at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic and received her BFA with honors from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Schultis’ work largely explores the tenuous stability of life. She represents the beings, objects and environments that we consider significant and use to define our lives, creating a dynamic record of their inevitable transitions into disorder and termination. Kelsey’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Princeton, Ann Arbor and Detroit.
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