London Paint Club

Shelli Tollman

b. 1966, South Africa. Lives and works in Los Angeles

Shelli Tollman’s mixed media canvases address both personal and political upheaval and the complexities of diversity. Rooted in her upbringing during the apartheid era in South Africa, her work expresses themes of hope and hopelessness. African and European folk tales, and multi-woven narratives are depicted with a childlike perspective.

Shelli Tollman

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020 – Delicate Disorders, Bale Creek Allen Contemporary, Austin, Texas
  • 2018 – Will I Grow Up: Cubist Spin OFF, curated by Keith Walsh), Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011 – Somewhere in this World, curated by Steven Hull, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2022 – [forthcoming] Blood, Sweat and Tears, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Curated by Bale Creek Allen, Austin, Texas.
  • 2019 – LA Women, Curated by Bale Creek Allen, Bale Creek Allen Contemporary, Austin, Texas
  • 2018 – PEEP!  CIRCUS OF BOOKS, Curated by Bettina Hubby and Michael G Bauer, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2018 – Curatorial Hub Pop Up Gallery, Curated by Bettina Hubby, Bestor Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015 – The Amazing Nina Simone, Curated by Jeff  L. Lieberman, Sundance Theatre,
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 2014 – Group Hug, Curated by Paige Weary, The Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010 – LAMAG Juried Exhibition, Curated by Franklin Sirmans and Ali Subotnick, Barnsdall Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Press & Publications

  • 2020 – Sightlines Magazine Review of ‘Delicate Disorders” by Erin Keever
  • 2019 – PBS, 24 Frames, Online Interview for ‘LA Women’  Season 11 Episode 10
  • 2014 – Huffington Post, ‘Oneira: I Dream of Self ‘ By John Seed.
  • 2014 – Nothing Moments Press, Las Cienegas, ‘Time Runs Out’ Introduction Essay by Charles Gaines.
  • 2010 – Los Angeles Times, Culture Monster Review by Christopher Knight


Works held in private and public collections in Ireland, USA, and Austria.


2005 – BFA, Tufts University and Boston Museum School of Fine Arts

Works by Shelli Tollman

Work Enquiry