RICHARD SHELTON is an artist whose career spans the last five decades.


Primarily a painter, his work bridges to literature as well. His writings include poems, short novels, essays and commentary on Art and Art history.

Richard Shelton's artwork is in the Smithsonian Art Institute's Hirshhorn Museum and other Museums in the United States. For over four decades Richard Shelton has used the human figure to express his observations about the world and the times in which we live. By using the average American as the subject, Shelton probes issues of alienation, the insidious ascendancy of corporate culture, and the minefield of gender politics. Throughout his career Shelton has pursued painting with an unswerving concern to portray the underlying motives of our actions. The ongoing development of his painting technique as well as his perfection of figurative painting set him apart from artists who discard the more rigorous principles of art making.

His poetry and stories can be found in the following publications: Willard & Maple, The Chaffin Journal, Down in the Dirt, The Poet's Haven, The Eclectic Muse, Pulse Literary Journal, Languageandculture.net, Stepping Stone Magazine.

Richard Shelton's writings can be viewed here, and his resume, here.

Subjugation 37.5" x 37.5", oil on canvas, 2013

Narrative

Old Age 96" x 63.5", oil on canvas, 2012

Narrative

The Good Son 68" x 44", oil on canvas, 2009

Narrative

Narcissus 53" x 74.25", oil on canvas, 2009

Narrative

Near Death of Subject in Art 62" x 50", oil on canvas, 2008

Narrative

Death and Romance 49" x 29", oil on canvas, 1997

Narrative

Original Sin 66" x 132", encaustic, oil on canvas, 1996

Narrative

Two Adams 81.75" x 62", oil on canvas, 1994

Narrative

Separate Cells 66" x 98", oil on canvas, 2013

Corporate Narrative

Casting the Long Shadow 67" x 98", oil on canvas, 2010

Corporate Narrative

The Argument 76" x 98", oil on canvas, 2009

Corporate Narrative

Rock and a Hard Place 98.25" x 68.25", oil on canvas, 2008

Corporate Narrative

After the Meeting 67" x 77", oil on canvas, 2002

Corporate Narrative

No Rest for the Weary 60" x 84", oil on canvas, 2002

Corporate Narrative

Invisible Man 54" x 72", oil on canvas, 2001

Corporate Narrative

Suzanne and the Elders 72" x 84", oil on canvas, 2000

Corporate Narrative

Calling the Chosen 48" x 84", oil on canvas, 1997

Corporate Narrative

Out in the Open 62" x 82", oil on canvas, 1997

Corporate Narrative

Suitable/Unsuitable #2 52" x 68", oil on canvas, 2011

Double Panel

Liberty Plus/Liberty Minus 52" x 72", oil on canvas, 2010

Double Panel

Red Coat / Blue Coat 48" x 50", oil on canvas, 2002

Double Panel

Suitable / Unsuitable #1 52" x 68", oil on canvas, 2001

Double Panel

Avant Garde / Avant Guardian 44" x 63", oil on canvas, 2001

Double Panel

NY / LA 60" x 85", oil on canvas, 2000

Double Panel

Abstraction #2 60" x 72", oil on canvas, 1998

Double Panel

Off Course / On Course 55" x 65", oil on canvas, 1998

Double Panel

Bigger / Better 48" x 58", oil on canvas, 1997

Double Panel

Yin / Yang 48" x 60", oil on canvas, 1997

Double Panel

Abstraction #1 60" x 72", oil on canvas, 1997

Double Panel

Present Arms! 45" x 97.75", oil on canvas, 2013

Multi Panel

No Escape 48" x 197", oil on canvas, 2010

Multi Panel

Standoff 36" x 100.75", oil on canvas, 2008

Multi Panel

Hard Sell 40" x 74", oil on canvas, 2007

Multi Panel

Returning Home 36" x 88", oil on canvas, 2002

Multi Panel

Running Late 40" x 120.5", oil on canvas, 2002

Multi Panel

Bagman 48" x 111", oil on canvas, 2001

Multi Panel

Guilty Party 37" x 63", oil on canvas, 2001

Multi Panel

What Roses? 40" x 72", oil on canvas, 1999

Multi Panel

Tagged Specimen 36" x 86", oil on canvas, 1997

Multi Panel

Messenger of the Gods 32" x 96", oil on canvas, 1996

Multi Panel

#6 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2001

Watercolors: Corporate Men

#8 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2001

Watercolors: Corporate Men

#10 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2000-2001

Watercolors: Corporate Men

#13 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2000-2001

Watercolors: Corporate Men

#15 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2000-2001

Watercolors: Corporate Men

#17 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2000-2001

Watercolors: Corporate Men

#20 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2000-2001

Watercolors: Corporate Men

#1 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2000

Watercolors: Corporate Men

#4 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2000

Watercolors: Corporate Men

#5 38" x 29", acrylic, watercolor on paper, 2000

Watercolors: Corporate Men

Philosophical Handgun 29.75" x 35.5", oil on canvas, 2013

Hand Guns

Fun Guns 27" x 38.5", oil on canvas, 2010

Hand Guns

Corporate Handgun 32.75" x 48.5", oil on canvas, 2009

Hand Guns

The Lesson 30" x 35", oil on canvas, 2006

Hand Guns

Smoking Handgun 24" x 48", oil on canvas, 2003

Hand Guns

Cultural Handgun #2 23" x 25", oil on plaster, 1999

Hand Guns

Loaded Handgun 25" x 27", oil on canvas, 1999

Hand Guns

Cultural Handgun #1 17" x 50", oil on canvas, 1998

Hand Guns

Midnight Special 47" x 57", oil and plaster on burnt canvas, 1994

Hand Guns

Christian Handgun 24" x 84", oil on canvas, 1991

Hand Guns

Domestic Handguns 26" x 72", oil on canvas, 1991

Hand Guns

Russian Clip 26.5" x 39.75", oil on canvas, 2011

Guns and Ammo

Bullet Box 19.25" x 38.5", oil on canvas, 2010

Guns and Ammo

Green Gun 34" x 42", oil on canvas, 2008

Guns and Ammo

Toy Gun & Bullet Boxes 29" x 54", oil on canvas, 2004

Guns and Ammo

Gun and Doll 32" x 72", oil on canvas, 2003

Guns and Ammo

Tumbling Bullets 36" x 30", oil on canvas, 2003

Guns and Ammo

Yellow Gun 36" x 52", oil on canvas, 2002

Guns and Ammo

Three Shells 22" x 22", oil on canvas, 2000

Guns and Ammo

Bullet Assortment 31" x 33", oil on canvas, 2001

Guns and Ammo

Toy Gun #1 16" x 32", oil on canvas, 1999

Guns and Ammo

Caught in the Rain of Darkness 37.5" x 43.5", oil on canvas, 2010

Nudes Expressionist

Red 72" x 84", oil on canvas, 2009

Nudes Expressionist

Dance (After Matisse) 98" x 95", oil on canvas, 2009

Nudes Expressionist

After Holbein 34.75" x 47", oil on canvas, 2008

Nudes Expressionist

Untitled (self portrait) 96" x 53", oil on canvas, 2004

Nudes Expressionist

Untitled (self portrait) 52" x 48", oil on canvas, 2003

Nudes Expressionist

Plank 108" x 24", oil on canvas, 2003

Nudes Expressionist

Yellow / Gray (Clythia) 60" x 44", oil on canvas, 1996

Nudes Expressionist

Abandoned 46" x 36", oil on canvas, 1996

Nudes Expressionist

Yellow / Blue (Version 1) 90.5" x 75", oil on canvas, 2012

Nudes Geometric

Green / Blue / Yellow /Black 72" x 96", oil on canvas, 2012

Nudes Geometric

White / Black / Red 88" x 70" x 24", oil on canvas, 2012

Nudes Geometric

White / Black / Red 88" x 70" x 24", oil on canvas, 2012

Nudes Geometric

Orange / Red / Pink 60" x 24", oil on canvas, 2012

Nudes Geometric

Who's Afraid of Red Yellow and Blue? 72" x 150", oil on canvas, 2011

Nudes Geometric

Yellow / Black (Suzanne) 80" x 48" x 18", oil on canvas, 2011

Nudes Geometric

Yellow / Black (Suzanne) 80" x 48" x 18", oil on canvas, 2011

Nudes Geometric

Red / White / Blue 60" x 84", oil on canvas, 2002

Nudes Geometric

Yellow / Black / Red 60" x 60", oil on canvas, 2001

Nudes Geometric

Green / Gray (Eve Awakening) 40" x 48", oil on canvas, 1996

Nudes Geometric

Yellow / Blue / Gray (Atlas 1) 36" x 46", oil on canvas, 1996

Nudes Geometric

Patrick 48" x 46.5", 50" x 48.5", oil on canvas, 2012

Portraits

Untitled (Mariah) 30" x 24", oil on canvas, 2012

Portraits

Untitled (Stacie) 24" x 60", oil on canvas, 2011

Portraits

Jerome 50" x 50", oil on canvas, 2010

Portraits

David 44" x 35", oil on canvas, 2009

Portraits

Gene 68" x 42", oil on canvas, 2006

Portraits

Green (self-portrait) 37" x 26" , oil on canvas, 2006

Portraits

Red (self-portrait) 37" x 26", oil on canvas, 2006

Portraits

Red Head (self-portrait) 29" x 25", oil on canvas, 2003

Portraits

Head Study: Molly 20" x 13.5", oil on canvas, 1999

Portraits