Shelly Li and the Earth of Renaissance Women


Shelly Li Chess—Abandon Kingdom 2011
Oil on canvas, 4 × 6′

Shelly Li is a Renaissance woman if the Pope of 15th century Italy allowed Eve the freedom to do anything besides procreate and nurture nations of foul-smelling misogynistic sociopaths.

Lately, equal rights for women is a hot topic here in the U.S. It should have burst into flames the moment a woman-hating ding-dong brain was sworn into the presidency. In our constitution, women got the right to vote and still bake pies in 1920, then the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) was passed by Congress in 1972 to ensure all else be equal after the voting, yet was not ratified by the majority of the same states that defended slavery and then Jim Crow. That same southern United States voting block swears a NY City woman-fearing, billionaire sociopath is their savior because, even if he’s anti-baptist, white-trash hog-basting sniff picnic, he is adamantly pro fear of women and black people and brown people and white people and wild animals and changes in the weather, and shares this all-powerful tight connection with many of my insensitive, voting countrymenwomen.

Where does this rant lead, and how does it help Shelly Li?

Western art history is 99% the account of Western man. Stuckism is about painting accomplishment for any sex, whether they have arms or not. And it doesn’t have the good graces of an ARTnews which swears the only contemporary “artist” worth coming out of China, is Ai Weiwei, another active, though untalented rich man who doesn’t paint, so Stuckism can be sex-blind when hanging paintings in an afternoon, and the political world much improved.

The 21st century is going to kill celebrity and maim misogyny. Stuckism is a vehicle for artists to seek that end.

Now for Shelly, how she likes to be human:

Shelley Li is a self-taught painter who was born in Shanghai in 1983, and then moved to England for further education. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BA Hons in International Trading and MA in Business Management. Now she is living in London.
Being an artist was always a dream for her and, without any art background, she showed and sold her works internationally. She is also a designer with a passion for creation which ranges from small items such as jewelry to large projects, including furniture, shop fitting, interior design, as well as graphic design, animation, fashion design, product/package design, clothes styling, make up artist, hair stylist—the list just goes on! To create something beautiful is part of her nature.
She has a lot of hobbies and when she gets interested in something, goes into it in depth. She is a big food lover and making a table full of food from around the world is her passion. She was trained by a six star hotel chef. She particularly loves jewelry and is qualified as GIA (Gemological Institute of America) diamond gemologist. She studies history to appreciate the beauty of antiques. They all have a story behind them, which Shelley finds fascinating.
Shelley has always been known as a very active “arty” person, and friends used to call her “quirky”. At the age of 4 she learned Chinese folk art paper cutting. Since then she published her work and did countless performances at a national level, even before high school, though at that time her school work stopped further development. Because of this training from a young age she has developed an eye for detail, perspective and how to compose a graphic image.
At the age of 13, she joined the national harmonica society and sang in a choir. She has always loved a wide range of music, as well as singing and dancing on stage. At age 17 she started to work for Shanghai East Radio 101.7 and classic FM, and has also worked in the overseas department of EMI, where she furthered her interests in music. She has interviewed many international musicians for radio and did live broadcasts during the Grammy Awards. Recently she was in a band called Elbow Sisters, doing live gigs around London, but had to leave due to the pressure of other work. Her endless passion for art is the core pursuit which keeps her motivated.

Shelly’s work at Quintus, for view, purchase, or both, but not neither:


Girl in Black Hat 1 Acrylic on canvas, 11 x 14″


Girl in Black Hat 3 Acrylic on canvas, 11 x 14″