Beth Shipley currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute and a BS in studio art from Skidmore College. Her work has been exhibited in national and international galleries including the Sheila Riggs and Leidy Galleries at Maryland Institute College of Art; the Painting Center; Soho20; Central Features gallery; the Islip Art Museum; the Andrea Meislin Gallery; the Geoffrey Young Gallery and the Solar Grandjean de Montigny in Brazil. She has been awarded residency fellowships from the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, NM, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA, the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program, France and the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain. She has also received production grants from the City University of New York and the Rauschenberg Foundation. Currently, she teaches as an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.
Beth Shipley’s work is grounded in the history and traditions of reductive abstraction with and emphasis on engaging the mediums of painting and drawing in a physical process of thinking through making. Her images track a process of becoming that is driven by a desire to locate concrete form for the indeterminate, under-recognized, but palpably felt, experiences of the everyday. Each of the works operates as a discrete act of defiance – against the condition of not knowing and not possessing the language to identify and address the subjective in the context of broader social, political and philosophical action.
In her recent work, Beth Shipley has relied on visual rhythm as an underlying structure to support the synthesis of compositions comprised of transitional, fragmented and otherwise ambiguous parts of a whole not yet realized. The rhythm organizes the layers of line, shape and color while also providing a framework to carry the narrative of a subject unfolding, from its uncertain beginning to resolute conclusion.