Beyond the Bio: David Shelton Gallery

Beyond the Bio is a series that takes you past the canvas and into the minds of the artists and curators who build the contemporary arts community.

Houston gallery David Shelton Gallery will be featured at Art City Austin: Art Alliance Austin’s 3-day art fair from March 31st – April 2nd at the Palmer Events Center.

Gallery Name: David Shelton Gallery

Location4411 Montrose Blvd.Houston, TX 77006

What prompted the start of David Shelton Gallery?

As background, I opened in San Antonio in 2009 after returning to Texas from many years in California and NYC. We relocated to Houston in 2012 and moved into our new, larger space at 4411 Montrose at the beginning of 2016. Through the strength and relevance of a personal and visual narrative, I wanted to focus on presenting a vigorous program that transcends contemporary social, cultural and gender issues. Initially, our artistic focus was regional, but we have since expanded on a national level and are now very fortunate to work with a diverse group of emerging and established talent that has developed over time.


What guides you in selecting artist to represent? What qualities do you look for?

Our gallery program is driven by both the technical quality of the works and the delivery of a diverse narrative. We consider the importance of materiality and the ‘hand-made’ that is inherent within each artist’s practice. Utilizing varied mediums, including painting, drawing, collage and photography, as well as the ephemeral and temporal, each of the artists we work with employs incisive and nuanced choices that enhance their visual dialogues.


What advice would you give someone who is thinking about buying their first piece of serious original art?  

Go with your instincts on what you like, but most importantly, be willing to challenge yourself a bit.

David Shelton Gallery showcases a vigorous program narrative that transcends contemporary political, social, cultural and gender issues. While several of the artists represented have a national and international presence, the gallery also represents mid-career and emerging artists.

Artists represented include Alejandro Diaz, Cheryl Donegan, Jonathan Faber, Joey Fauerso, Sara Frantz, Lane Hagood, Jessica Halonen, Jules Buck Jones, Stephen Lapthisophon, Keith Mayerson, Margaret Meehan, Tameka Norris, Kelly O’Connor, James Smolleck, Vincent Valdez, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Keith J. Varadi and Michael Velliquette.

Keep up with David Shelton Gallery on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Beyond the Bio is curated by Art Alliance Austin, with the assistance of Scott Nyerges.