Lela Shields strives to reveal the fragility of life, utilizing delicate line work and detailing, in an ultra-fine balance between human, animal and spiritual realms. Shields crafts subtle narratives while simultaneously playing with chance, technique and pure imagination. Each piece starts with a random spill or pour of ink that the drawing then emerges from.
Lela was born and raised in London and attended several fine art institutions before graduating from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has had solo exhibitions in Denver, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles and has shown internationally in England, France, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2006, Lela was included in a group exhibition at The Louvre Museum in Paris, France. In 2009, Lela’s work was short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize – the most competitive drawing contest in the UK.
Lela relocated to the Bay Area in 2011 and currently lives and paints in her studio in West Marin. She was represented by Hang Gallery in San Francisco before opening Trouvé, a small boutique featuring her own work as well as the work of many other artists and designers in the Bay Area. Trouvé is located in downtown Fairfax on Bolinas Road and is the place to view more of Lela’s work for MOS.
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