Shelley Vanderbyl’s oil paintings and frescoes have been in group and solo exhibitions across Canada and Europe. In 2016, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada honoured Vanderbyl by presenting one of her frescoes to His Royal Highness Prince Edward. Various hospitals have purchased her medicine tins to benefit their staff and patients, including the New Karolinska Solna, in Sweden. In 2018 she received a grant from the Winnipeg Arts Council to travel to Sweden, at the invitation of All Art Now and Kultivera, to attend a residency, exhibit, and speak, in Tranas and Stockholm. Her work is in corporate and private collections across Canada, Sweden, the UK, Belgium, South Africa, Mozambique, and Switzerland.
Vanderbyl was an inaugural member of Ace Art’s Cartae Open School; a progressive art school program that challenges traditional instructional paradigms by placing an emphasis on self-teaching and peer-to-peer learning.
Inspired by artists such as J.M.W.Turner, Louise Bourgeois, Anselm Kiefer, Monet, Bonnard, Redon, and Mona Hatoum; Vanderbyl combines conceptual and visual elements from art therapy, expressionism, plaster fragments of antique walls, military search and rescue, relational aesthetics, and repairs made to frescoes in the Louvre.
Shelley is particularly interested in aiding people who are experiencing mental hardships, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; she asks with her work, “If what someone has seen can leave them broken, can an image be a part of their healing?”