Ann Shelton (MFA, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) was born in Timaru, New Zealand. Shelton’s internationally recognised large‑scale, hyper-real photographic works operate at the nexus of conceptual and documentary modes, investigating the social, political and historical contexts that inform readings of the landscape and its contents. Shelton’s career review exhibition Dark Matter is on show until 17 April 2017 at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and her work has been exhibited extensively in New Zealand and internationally over the last 25 years with showings in every major New Zealand institution. Shelton is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading photographic artists and is the paramount winner of two major New Zealand Contemporary Art Awards (2006 and 2010).
Her ongoing body of work in a forest has been shown in London, Berlin, Melbourne, Sydney, Spain, Wellington and Auckland. In 2009 she exhibited the series Public Places in Images Recalled (Bilder auf Abruf), Germany’s largest photographic biennale curated by Tobias Berger and Esther Ruelfs. Selected group shows include Invisible Traces, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain curated by Mercedes Vicente, Dark Sky at The Adam Art Gallery, Wellington curated by Geoffery Batchen and Tina Barton, a way of calling at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne curated by Melissa Keys.
Shelton is Associate Professor Photography at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University in Wellington, where she lectures in Fine Art and Photography, and is also Chairperson of Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington’s longest running artist-run space. Shelton is represented by Bartley and Company Art and McNamara Gallery.