Printmakers Inc is proud to present Samantha Lee Shelton’s solo exhibition titled “Multi-Spectral”. Spectral scientifically means of spectra or spectrum, which is the complete range of light but also includes a broad range of varied but related ideas or objects, the individual features of which tend to overlap so as to form a continuous series or sequence. The exhibit will feature several new aquatint etchings, monotypes, and linocuts from 2019 to 2021. Shelton showcases both multi-colored hand pulled prints and also three mini-series of body of works including 1) Crazy about Cats, which highlights several linocut portraits and block printed merch, 2) Implements of Oppression, which etchings subjects include objects used by societies and Governments to suppress various peoples over time and which was inspired by the Black Lives Matters movement, and 3) Pandemic Portraits, a 4 set series of hand colored aquatint etchings inspired by the Pandemic and the isolation experienced during the health crisis here in the US. Additionally, the exhibition includes 3 etchings from the Fawn’s World series, which follows a fawn through a fantastical realm, and a few pieces from her popular Aquatoons series of cartoonish animals in aquatint such as her Bunnies in Space and Bat Kitty prints.
Shelton’s body of work is both figurative and illustrative and focuses on several subjects and topics over the years including animals, botanicals, and technology. As primarily an etcher and aquatinter, she has created over 100 unique prints since 2011. Her etchings go through several dips in the acid to create a variety of textures, tones, and moods, and often the plates are hand worked with drypoint tools and roulettes after all the etching has been completed. Thus yielding a Multi-Spectral of techniques within each artwork aka Shelton’s signature look.