b. 1967, New Zealand

Ann Shelton Artworks

Ann Shelton's early work is best defined by her 'Redeye' series (1997) of portraits. These artworks focused on aspects of Auckland's vibrant art community—particularly many of the artist's friends who were linked to the Teststrip collective, with its openings, performances, and parties.

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Shelton's interest in documenting exuberantly dressed partygoers is further recorded in the series 'My Friends are Electric' (1997—2016).

Themes

Shelton is unusually prolific and varied in her exhibition themes and presentation methods. Many projects have dealt with the particularities of place, including focusing on architectural interiors in series such as 'Room Room' (2008), 'Twenty-six Photographs of a House' (2005—2007), and 'Abigail's Party' (1999).

Other series feature landscape, as in 'Wake' (2008—2010), 'In a Forest' (2011—ongoing), 'A Ride in the Darkness / Wastelands' (2010), and 'Public Places' (2001—2003). In these works, various violent narratives or tragedies are embedded in the photographed locations. Sometimes Shelton repeats an image in a flipped over or inverted form, presenting it and the original in a pair to make a perceptual or stringently moral point by showing that the viewer has options of interpretation.

Shelton's projects are a carefully organised mixture of emotional intensity and rigorous historic research. They are idea-driven whilst also visually aware compositionally, being rich in symbolism and allusion—making stories from the past vividly relevant for the present and future.

Plant Portraits

Several more recent series present formal arrangements of herbs, flowers, and other plants, usually with medicinal properties long admired by women over the ages, and linked to different emigrant communities or certain colourful personalities. These include 'An Invitation to Dance' (2021), 'A Lover's Herbal' (2021), 'The Missionaries' (2018), and 'Janes Says' (2015—ongoing).

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We thank you for the gift to decide the fate of man from birth (Apple) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Ann Shelton We thank you for the gift to decide the fate of man from birth (Apple), 2022 Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Bamboo
112 x 84 cm
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The Nurse, Opium poppy (Papaver sp.) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton The Nurse, Opium poppy (Papaver sp.), 2020 Archival pigment print
112 x 84 cm
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The Nurse, Opium poppy (Papaver sp.) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton The Nurse, Opium poppy (Papaver sp.), 2020 Archival pigment print
112 x 84 cm
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gold rush (white rose) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton gold rush (white rose), 2021 Pigment print
111.9 x 84 cm
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selfie (pale green rose) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton selfie (pale green rose), 2021 Pigment print
111.9 x 84 cm
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flash dance (red rose) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton flash dance (red rose), 2021 Pigment print
111.9 x 84 cm
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she dragon (orange rose) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton she dragon (orange rose), 2021 Pigment print
111.9 x 84 cm
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bad eyes (yellow rose) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton bad eyes (yellow rose), 2021 Pigment print
111.9 x 84 cm
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The Nurse, Opium poppy (Papaver sp.) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton The Nurse, Opium poppy (Papaver sp.), 2020 Archival pigment print
112 x 84 cm
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The Sibyl, Sage (Salvia sp.) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork works on paper, photography
Ann Shelton The Sibyl, Sage (Salvia sp.), 2020 Archival pigment print
112 x 84 cm
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The Witch, Penny Royal (Mentha sp.) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton The Witch, Penny Royal (Mentha sp.), 2020 Archival pigment print
112 x 84 cm
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The Mother, Rue (Ruth sp.) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton The Mother, Rue (Ruth sp.), 2020 Archival pigment print
112 x 84 cm
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The Ladies Maid, Valerian (Valerian sp.) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton The Ladies Maid, Valerian (Valerian sp.), 2015 Pigment print, from the series 'jane says'
112 x 83.7 cm
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The Redhead Toe Toe (Austroderia sp) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton The Redhead Toe Toe (Austroderia sp), 2015 Pigment print, from the series 'jane says'
112 x 83.7 cm
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The Kept Woman by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton The Kept Woman, 2015 Pigment print, from the series 'jane says'
112 x 83.7 cm
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The Floozy, Ginger (Zingiber sp.) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork photography
Ann Shelton The Floozy, Ginger (Zingiber sp.), 2015 Pigment print, from the series 'jane says'
112 x 83.7 cm
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The Dowager, Pine (Pinus radiata) by Ann Shelton contemporary artwork print
Ann Shelton The Dowager, Pine (Pinus radiata), 2017 Archival pigment print
116 x 88 cm
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