Shelley Thornton is a St Ives-based painter who moved to Cornwall from Yorkshire after the birth of her first child. Her work blends images of the steel furnaces and coalmines of her northern roots with modern cityscapes and the contrasting beauty of Cornwall. Often her painting draws inspiration from her passion for music.

Her work is found in private and corporate collections worldwide and she has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in London and the south west. She is a member of the high-end art consultancy Artiq's global network of artists.

In 2023, Shelley was artist in residence at The Headland Hotel & Spa, Fistral Beach, Newquay.

She is a regular exhibitor at STISA open shows.


Painting in acrylics, oils, mixed media


2014: 10 Years (solo show), St Ives Arts Club

2017: Full Circle, Salthouse Gallery, St Ives (3-10 June)

2018: Of City, Of Sea (touring solo show), Salthouse Gallery, St Ives, Scarlet, Lelant Saltings, nr St Ives

2018: STISA Christmas Open Exhibition (24 Nov-2 Jan)

2019: Red River (solo show), Heartlands, Cornwall

2019: Double Edged (solo show), Crypt Gallery, St Ives

2019: STISA Spring Open Exhibition (4-24 May)

2019: Open Studios Cornwall

2019: STISA Christmas Open Exhibition (16 Nov-2 Jan)

2019: Imagine Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery (23 Nov-18 Jan)

2021: Light Through Dark - the Lockdown Paintings (solo show), Crypt Gallery, St Ives

2022: Vessels (solo show), Crypt Gallery, St Ives

2022: Three Deep, Crypt Gallery, St Ives (27 Aug-9 Sept)

2022: Imagine Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery (26 Nov-28 Jan)

2023: FLUX Exhibition, Greenwich Design District, London

2023: Parallax Art Fair, Kensington, London

2023: 4 Beaches (solo show), Crypt Gallery, St Ives

2023: Through the Looking Glass, Mall Galleries, London



PSA (associate)