Shelley began his artistic career in the early 70’s as a printmaker for the distinguished artist Michael Rothenstein RA, printing editions at Argus Studios for Business Art Gallery and Christie’s Contemporary Art. He went on to teach at Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins in London.
In time his own work in abstract print and still life photography has emerged from the observation of the quality and character of light and light phenomena, translated into the medium of printed colour.
He lives in Kent, has exhibited extensively in London including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and in art fairs and galleries in London and the South-East.
He has won the John Purcell Paper Award for Outstanding Printmaking in 2005 and the Aberystwyth Purchase Prize in 2009. Work by Shelley is held in public and private collections. One of Shelley’s silkscreen prints has recently been taken into the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings.