• SHELLEY ADLER: IDOLS, MUSES AND LOVERS

    june 10 - July 3, 2021

  • Shelley Adler has been fascinated with the work of Pablo Picasso for a very long time. More recently, this evolved into a curiosity about the artist and his life, especially his relationship to the muse. Adler is acutely aware of the importance of muses in her own practice, describing them as active participants in the process. Over the last five years, she has been looking closely at Picasso’s female muses, especially during this last year. It was an ideal subject since she no longer had access to models and friends visiting her studio.

     

    In developing this series, Adler was interested to learn that several of Picasso’s muses were artists in their own right. These artists showed extraordinary strength and perseverance in their careers before, during and after their time spent as Picasso’s models. The six women Adler has selected for her subjects are Dora Maar, Lee Miller, Nusch Éluard, Jacqueline Lamba, Françoise Gilot and Ady Fildelin. Adler found iconic and rare images of these women as her source material and then conveyed their independent personalities using bold colour and energetic brush strokes. There are two ways in which the term “idols” is to be understood in the context of this exhibition – Picasso in the eyes of his muses and now, these women as idols for Adler.

     

    To view a flipbook for the exhibition, click here.

  • Shelley Adler, Blonde in Floral Suit (Jacqueline Lamba), 2020

    Shelley Adler

    Blonde in Floral Suit (Jacqueline Lamba), 2020 oil on canvas
    72 x 48 in.
    $ 12,000.00
  • Shelley Adler, Katherine with a Cigarette, 2019

    Shelley Adler

    Katherine with a Cigarette, 2019 oil on canvas
    38 x 38 in.
    $ 8,000.00
  • Shelley Adler, Taking a Bath (Lee Miller), 2020

    Shelley Adler

    Taking a Bath (Lee Miller), 2020 oil on canvas
    50 x 40 in.
    $ 9,000.00
  • I’ve listened to what these women have said, what they’ve told me in their writings, their stories, their journals and the art they’ve left behind. The paintings in this exhibition are my conversations with these women, a group of incredible artists who allowed Picasso to paint them any way he wanted and who had personal relationships with him. These women were artists or performers, who were likely more than just muses for Picasso, but also collaborators in the work with one of the most inventive, inexhaustible and profound painters of the 20th century.

     

    - SHELLEY ADLER

  • Shelley Adler, Dora Reading, 2020

    Shelley Adler

    Dora Reading, 2020 oil on linen
    16 x 12 in.
    $ 2,800.00
  • Shelley Adler, Talking to Trotsky (JL), 2021

    Shelley Adler

    Talking to Trotsky (JL), 2021 oil on canvas
    16 x 12 in.
    $ 2,800.00
  • Shelley Adler, Françoise in the Studio, 2020

    Shelley Adler

    Françoise in the Studio, 2020 oil on canvas
    50 x 40 in.
    $ 9,000.00
  • Shelley Adler, A Young Writer in Paris (FS), 2020

    Shelley Adler

    A Young Writer in Paris (FS), 2020 oil on canvas
    20 x 17 in.
    $ 3,000.00
  • Shelley Adler, Dora Maar, 2020

    Shelley Adler

    Dora Maar, 2020 oil on canvas
    24 x 18 in.
    $ 3,500.00
  • After all my reading on the ‘muse,'  my experience as a painter working with with my own models and ‘muses,' I see the relationship between a painter and model is truly collaborative.  I found that I built relationships with these women, like I would my usual in-person models.

     

    - SHELLEY ADLER

  • Shelley Adler, Nusch and Picasso, 2021

    Shelley Adler

    Nusch and Picasso, 2021 oil on linen
    20 x 17 in.
    $ 3,000.00
  • From top left: Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot, Nusch Éluard, Jacqueline Lamba, Lee Miller, and Ady Fildelin, 2021, ink on paper,...

    From top left: Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot, Nusch Éluard, Jacqueline Lamba, Lee Miller, and Ady Fildelin, 2021,

    ink on paper, 24 x 18 in. (each)

  • Born in 1961, Shelley Adler received her MFA from Boston University and her BFA from York University in Toronto. She...

    Born in 1961, Shelley Adler received her MFA from Boston University and her BFA from York University in Toronto. She has exhibited across Canada and in the United States. Her work is held in many prominent collections and has been exhibited internationally including in Berlin, Miami and New York.