"My senses speak on conscious and subconscious levels teaching me that life is a classroom of infinite experiences in the realization that change is the only constant. Art is an opportunity to explore the human condition – where we are and the potentials of where we can go." - Shelley Batcules
Shelley Batcules is a Canadian artist born and raised in the Niagara Region, Ontario who comes from a rich artistic tradition as her grandmother Frances Scourfield (1915 - 2008) was a prolific oil painter from Reading, England who painted many portraits, horses, and landscapes in the romantic tradition of John Constable (1776 - 1837) which stimulated Shelley’s fascination with painting very early in life. Throughout childhood Shelley spent most of her free time drawing portraits and landscapes further tempting her strong desire to study art formally.
Shelley academic dreams were commenced when she attended Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology for Communication Arts & Graphic Design Program in Welland, Ontario, Canada where she was honoured as valedictorian, and further awarded the Faculty of Applied Arts & Sciences Award for the top overall academic achievement.
Shelley turned her sights from a college certificate program toward a formal university degree and boosted her academic career and credentials through her enrolment in the one-of-a-kind joint program offered by the University of Toronto and Sheridan College Art & Art History Specialist Program (Toronto) which combined the academic strength of U of T art history in conjunction with the powerful studio art programs Sheridan College is renowned for. This invaluable academic and studio hybrid experience resulted in Shelley achieving her Nomination to the International Golden Key Honour Society, University of Toronto Chapter (1st Canadian Chapter) for being in the top 15% academic status in North America, a position on the Presidential Honour Roll (with distinction), and both Woolfitt’s and Stevenson’s studio awards for drawing and painting.
Batcules is an academic specialist in art history with a minor in the classics which stimulated her strong interest in cultural anthropology, the growth of artistic communication and its many and varied formal methods which gave way to many genres developed by diverse nations to express the rich geographical stories of people from across the world.
As is often the path of an artist, Shelley had to work and study concurrently to afford an education in the best schools in Canada. This challenge stimulated Shelley to find an opportunity where she could work in the arts for the CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that would further enhance her creative education while gaining invaluable experience working for the country’s largest public broadcaster. Shelley’s multi-faceted roles while at the CBC included being an actor’s stand-in allowing her to learn first hand from a series of expert directors of photography how the look and technique of film lighting sets the mood for the picture. CBC executives often visited the film and television sets and witnessed Shelley’s dedication to her studies opening the door to more important creative roles such as film and television art director, set decorator and graphic designer. These roles enhanced many aspects relative to being a painter, the ability to see, and best yet Shelley’s paintings were featured set pieces in film and television shows.
So in a nut Shell economically fuelled her dream to be an artist with the arts.
Batcules has had gallery shows ranging from Hamilton to Toronto and she is now focused on expanding her portrait, landscape and abstract portfolio.
For additional exhibitions while continuing to take on commissions.
Recently, Batcules has added a series of large works in oil and mixed media exploring philosophical questions of life, growth and human communication, that seem to create expressionist vortexes of movement on the canvas to envelope the viewer, while different scales are used relative to the subject matter.
Batcules has an extensive formal and practical education in art and art history, fine art, design, marketing, merchandising, and visual communication recognized by several awards of distinction from the University of Toronto, where she holds standing as an originating chapter member of the University of Toronto Golden Key International Society based on an overall 4.0 GPA with academic and studio achievements ranked in the top 15% in North America. Batcules earned a University of Toronto / Sheridan College Art and Art History specialist honours B.A. with high distinction Presidential Honour Roll ranking, and was awarded the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award as valedictorian at Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology for Graphic and Communication design based on a 92% GPA in academic, studio, marketing and graphic design.
UNIVERSITY of TORONTO & SHERIDAN COLLEGE
Specialist Honours B.A. Art & Art History Program Presidential Honour Roll with High Distinction, Golden Key International Honour Society, www.goldenkey.org. Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honour society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements.
Art & Art History Program
The UTM and Sheridan joint Art & Art History program is the longest standing partnership of its type in Canada, with two prestigious and practical credentials that reflect the program's dual focus: an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Art & Art History from Sheridan. It combines the study of art history at UTM with studio art courses at Sheridan Institute offering six core studios in: drawing, painting, sculpture/installation, print media, design, and photography. Studios explore contemporary art practices through problem-based learning, encourage a range of personal approaches and solutions to visual expression, with upper-level studios moving to further expertise in two of the core-studio streams to develop a body of self-directed artwork in an environment of discussion and exchange.
The University of Toronto joint program involves Art History courses in the Department of Visual Studies which provide the opportunity to engage in the academic study of art and architecture, analyzing visual objects, consideration of form, materials and techniques, meaning, and historical and political contexts. Courses span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary world, across Europe, North America, and Asia.
NIAGARA COLLEGE of Applied Arts & Technology Visual Arts: Graphic & Communication Design Valedictorian, Presidential Honour Roll