Shonagh Adelman: Beastiful

October 30 - December 13, 2014



Denise Bibro Fine Art, in Chelsea, New York is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Shonagh Adelman’s Beastiful. Running from October 30th- December 13th, 2014.

Adelman is one of two artists chosen from the Art from the Boros Competition that exhibited 50 artists from over 500 plus initial submissions. Her crystal covered canvases stood out among the rest as a unique and inventive medium conveying quirky contemporary vignettes.

Beastiful’s combination of iconic images of Versailles and animal human hybrids depicted on crystalized canvases make for a campy genre of traditional turned none traditional painting. Her nod to Rococo and portraiture is executed just right. Attractive feminine figures, posed in front of decadent gold and ornate backgrounds are dressed in huge stuffed animal heads seen as both beautiful and beastly.

Shonagh’s process is laborious and intricate; each canvas is fixed with thousands of 4mm colored glass beads. Everything about these pieces are in excess, from the ornate architecture of Versailles to the literal crystals creating the shapes and colors of the image.

Adelman has an abd PHD in Women’s studies from York University, a Masters in History and Philosophy of Education from the Ontario Institute and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has an extensive Exhibition, Awards and Speaking Engagement list.