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 from a childlike perspective.

The figures depicted in Shelli’s paintings are captivatingly direct in a manner reminiscent of folk art, gathered into dreamlike environments and painterly color fields. Tollman has exhibited at Las Cienegas Projects, LAMAG Hollywood, The Good Luck Gallery, Curatorial Hub and Cubist Spinoff.