Shelton Woolright is a New Zealand born, London-based creative. He became interested in photography during his teenage years and majored in Photography whilst studying Design at Unitec.
Whether in black and white or colour, Woolright’s diverse creative compositions touch on urban life and popular culture, in diverse genres, not only through his camera lens but also street art, tattooing and music. His inspirations are sought
additionally whilst touring internationally as the drummer for the alternative rock outfits 'I Am Giant', 'Blindspott' and more recently as his new alter ego in his solo drumming project, 'Deadbeat'. He may also be recognised from his role as a
judge on the New Zealand version of the international television franchise, ‘X Factor’.
Woolright has exhibited his photography in Paris, Switzerland, New Zealand and
Swissôtel The Stamford
Following on from the success of his 2018 exhibition, returned to the 2019 ANZ Aotearoa Ball - Slice of Heaven in Singapore with a new collection of works that focus on one of his most personal subjects - New Zealand. Capturing objects with amusement, curating an exhibition that celebrates the most vibrant and withstanding icons of popular culture, Kiwiana, commemorating a unique sense of place and time.
Using the dynamic and kitsch energy of Pop Art to compliment the playful objects that weave through our national identity, this series of new vibrant and contemporary images celebrates treasured icons of nostalgia, that define a way of life. The exhibition was displayed in the Foyer of the Swissotel Ballroom, guests will be welcome with his impressive artwork which will be on display for sale.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
For the 2018 ANZ Aotearoa Ball in Singapore, showcasing the fine art photography of Shelton Woolright and his 'Lonesome Beast Native Collection'.
In this series of photographic prints, Shelton was given exclusive access to the national taxidermy vaults at the Auckland Museum. What emerged is a striking documentation of some of New Zealand's most beloved, iconic and endangered national treasures. Each limited edition print is wax sealed, hand numbered and signed by the artist on certified archival paper.
The collection was on display at the Shangri-La Hotel on 25 August 2018.
Lonesome Beast combines striking images of rare and extinct native birds from the collections of the Auckland Museum with the talents of well-known visual artists Otis Frizzell and Flox, tattooist Dean Sacred and street artist Askew One. Shelton teamed up with the renowned Kiwi artists to create the exhibition, Lonesome Beast Native presented by Moa Brewing Co. The collection of works featured a limited run of 15 prints of Woolright’s photography of extinct wildlife, each customised with unique layers by one of the partner artists.
Shelton was given access to the native taxidermy vaults at the Auckland Museum for the project. The prints are all available for sale with ten per cent of sales from all prints going towards The Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund, supporting conservation efforts in the wild throughout New Zealand and overseas. The exhibition was open to the public from Wednesday 3rd February to Friday 26th February in the Old Elephant House at The Auckland Zoo. Part of the proceeds of the sale of the images went to the zoo's Conservation Fund.
The resulting images, shot in rich colour on stark white backgrounds, have a detailed intensity. Included in the exhibition are images of a rare albino kiwi, the extinct huia and South Island kokako, and more well-known birds like the tui, portrayed in a new light.
Shelton reconstructs his tudor rose out of materials drawn from his life experiences. Each motif is created by hand, and the places, people and events that mark his creative journey emerge in the details of these new images, exhibited for the first time on 12 February 2015 at The Hub - DC Shoes creative space and media studio located at 5 rue Montorgueil, Paris, France. The exhibition then arrived in the Viaduct, Auckland New Zealand in March 2015. The exhibition marked the global release of Shelton's new range of shirt designs - an artistic collaboration with DC Shoes which were available from January 2015.
Every construction of the 'tudor rose' was created by hand and took approximately 3 hours each. Each work was then photographed and later destroyed.
Proceeds from the Auckland exhibition were raised for Cure Kids, a child cancer sponsor.
Special thanks to - Moa Beer, Cure Kids, Lifeline Aotearoa, Lily & Louis, Juggernaut Graphics, The Print Room, Rialto Channel, Invivo Wines.