Shelby Harris



Shelby Jay Harris' kitschy contemporary works are an exciting bridge between old and new, subconsciously educating the masses with his off-the-cuff references to art history in modern context. His ghetto fabulous, proto-Renaissance-ian Madonnas reflect back on their ancient world as they whisper critical, disapproving words to an uber-slick Steve Jobs. Adam and Eve stand in antiquated contrappasto, with the first man wearing nothing more than a banana hammock and bow tie, while naughty Eve offers him a cocktail glass – no doubt an appletini. Venus of Urbino finally got out of her castle, and fired the maid...with all the money saved she now lounges beachside with a wine bottle and a book in Harris' small painting.
His work has been compared to the likes of Robert Arneson, Roy de Forest, William Wiley, Wallace Berman and George Hermes as well as other artists of the Beat Generation. Like them, his eclectic paintings are filled with biting humor and an intriguing vitality that offers more to the viewer than meets the eye.


  • "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof"-SH4

    "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" was named after the Tennessee Williams's play. The content was about how a closeted gay play write defined all the roles women and men were playing which later had an influence on the general population.

    mixed media on canvas
    95"x67 3/4" x 1 1/4"

    Price on Request
  • "Madonna and Child"-SH1

    “Madonna and Child” explores the masculinity as an institution and it's influence on defining the ideal female.

    mixed media on canvas
    66"x 95 1/2"x 1 1/4"

    Price on Request
  • "Melissa"-SH3

    Melissa was a former professional African dance troupe member. I intertwined the composition with African symbols, art historical symbols, and personal symbols. The painting is a standing portrait. 

    mixed media on canvas
    53 3/4"x 95 1/2" x 1 1/4"

    Price on Request
  • "Shiva"-SH2

    “Shiva” is named after a Hindu god, even though the standing figure is a female. The content idea was masculine technology in tension with the natural and maternal world. 

    mixed media on canvas
    83 1/2"x50 1/2"x 1 1/4"

    Price on Request
  • "Three Gods"-SH6

    acrylic on canvas
    5’x5’

    Price on Request
  • "Chelsea"-SH9

    acrylic on canvas
    8’x8’

    Price on Request
  • "Two women running"-SH15

    acrylic on canvas
    8’x8’

    Price on Request
  • "Wedding twin"-SH16

    acrylic on canvas
    5’x8’

    Price on Request
  • "Black Queen of Hearts"-SH8

    acrylic on canvas
    5’x6’

    Price on Request
  • "Three nymphs"-SH7

    acrylic on canvas
    7’x7’

    Price on Request
  • "Fish"-SH11

    acrylic on canvas
    7’x7’

    Price on Request
  • "Three woman and a dog"-SH5

    acrylic on canvas
    6’x6’

    Price on Request
  • "Crazy flower vase"-SH10

    acrylic on canvas
    5’x5’

    Price on Request
  • "Flowers"-SH12

    oil on canvas
    30”x40”

    Price on Request
  • "Rose"-SH13

    acrylic on canvas
    18”x20”

    Price on Request
  • "Sunflowers"-SH14

    acrylic on canvas
    18”x20”

    Price on Request