Canadian contemporary artist Shelley Adler brings new depth and astute observation to the long stranding tradition of figurative painting. Focusing on the human form, especially portraiture, her artwork offers a deeply personal and genuine connection to its subjects through candid poses. At times mysterious, yet equally inviting, Adler’s sitters come alive through a delicate colour palette and masterful play with light and shadow. The artist captures the intensity of the human gaze and a direct intimacy, revealing the unique relationship between artist, sitter and viewer.
A graduate of York University (Toronto, ON) and Boston University (Boston, MA), Adler’s art has been exhibited across both Canada and the United States.
—Courtesy of Waddington's
Signature: Signed, titled and dated 2006 on the reverse
Private Collection, Toronto
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
About Shelley Adler
Canadian, b. 1960, Edmonton, Canada, based in Toronto, Canada