Lependorf + Shire

The foundation for our work is the photographic image with the optimal quality of light. Selecting the interplay of composition, form, rhythm, and line is the focus for our imagery. Integrating these elements in the computer is the next stage in the process of merging our visual and intuitive sensibilities toward a completed vision.

Different perceptual effects arise from recording the world in photographs as opposed to interpreting it in paint: Our goal is not to emulate painting.

Conceptual work in all mediums has blurred the line between photographers who make art and artists who use photography.

The digital medium has established itself in the natural continuum of art history and the ongoing relationship of art with technology. This work forces us to consider a more serene world while reminding us that no contemporary experience is unmediated; technology touches everything. The use of the computer as a tool does not create; it assists creativity resulting in a synthesis of disciplines to be realized as a limited edition.

The combination of archival pigment inks on Crane Fine Art paper framed with archival mattes and backboards insures permanence in excess of 175 years.

The creative process will always remain in the mind and the soul of the artist.

Shelly Inez Lependorf
Stan Shire

Horizon Fields (2019)



Horizon Fields


Stan Shire is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Photographic Imaging de-partment at Community College of Philadelphia. He has a BFA degree in Photography and Film from the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and a Masters de-gree in Education from Arcadia University. He has studied with Ansel Adams, Ray K. Metzker, Ron Rosenstock, Bert Monroy and John Paul Caponigro.
With Adobe Expert Certification in Photoshop, Stan is the author of “HandsOn Pho-toshop CS5: Tutorial Workshops.” in print and as an iPad app. His work is in the Ma-miya Masters of the Medium Gallery (U.K.), Museo Hollander (Fuengirola, Spain), Blue Cross – Corporate Headquarters, Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, and in other private and corporate collections.

Shelly Inez Lependorf is an accomplished artist for over 40 yrs. Lependorf is a native of Philadelphia PA.

She attended the University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of Art) and later at the Philadelphia Studio School of Art and Design. She studied painting and printmaking and was under the mentorship of Gertrude Shrote.

Shelly has exhibited worldwide with solo shows in New York City, Europe, California and Pennsylvania and has received awards for her work in Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture including American Color Print Society Excellence in Printmaking, G. Noble Wagner Award for sculpture.

She is a MADI Artist and has exhibited at galleries and museums throughout. the U. S., and with other MADI artists, in Italy, France and Spain. Her art hangs at the Canadian Consulate in Montreal, at hotels in Paris, in the Suhag collection in Delhi India, and in corporate collections of NBC, RCA, United Airlines among many others.

Her rich empowered paintings convey through form, line and color the balance and harmony of the natural world. Since the early nineties, her work has embraced classic abstract expressionism's leanings toward Asian philosophical and esthetic precepts and utilizes elements, full of "controlled abandon," that present a counterpoint to the orderliness of structural elements creating a balance of opposites. The work is richly layered while retaining a sense of space or breath that reaches for the spirit, connecting on an intimate level with complex richness, full of free flowing playful contradictions. The viewer is engaged through the mystery of the process with a skilled sensitivity to light and composition. Her work contains the impact and power of formal integrity and inherently good design.

An art critic wrote about Lependorf’s “Harmonics” series, “Each of these pieces holds language insomuch as are akin to semaphore flags. There is something incredibly ancient here, yet also as if they had just been shot from some distant dimension into our own reality sparkling in their newness.”

Since 2002, Shelly has been immersed in photography and digital printmaking in collaboration with Stan Shire. Their work combines both artist’s unique sensibilities, yet, remains cohesive. They have been shown in numerous galleries and are represented in many corporate and private collections.

Gallery affiliations and exhibitions
2018 Carrie Haddad Gallery, “Photography”, Hudson, NY
2013 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Hudson, NY
2013 Philadelphia Print Center, Invitational Exhibition
2012 Packard-Reath Gallery, Solo Show, Lewes, DE
2012 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Represented Artists Show, Hudson, NY
2011 Art of the State, Juried Show, Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Works on Paper Award
2011 The Emotional Landscape, Carrie Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY
2010 Intercontinental Hotel, New York City (Commissions for public spaces)
2010 Art of the State, Juried Show, Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA
2010 Carrie Haddad Photographs, “P.O.V.”, Hudson, NY
2010 Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009 National Football League, Upshaw Building, Opening Exhibition – Washington, DC
2009 Carrie Haddad Photographs Gallery – Group Show – Hudson, NY
2008 Contemporary Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2008 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2008 Sande Webster Gallery, “Water Signs”, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, “Eastern Light”, Newport News, Virginia
2007 Perkins Center for the Arts,”Photography 26”, Moorestown NJ
2007 CCCA 12th Annual Juried Show, Hudson NY
2007 ArtsWalk – Cannonball Factory Juried Show – Hudson, NY
2006 Sande Webster Gallery, “Horizon Fields”, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Iraqi National Museum, Baghdad Museum Project, International Print Show
2006 Gallery Siano, “Theatre of the Absurd”, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Art at the Airport, “Horizon Fields”, Philadelphia International Airport
2006 Carrie Haddad Gallery, solo show, Hudson NY
2006 Holland Art House, “The Big Picture”, West Chester, PA
2006 Fine Museum, “Continuum”, solo show, San Francisco, CA
2005 Gallery Siano, “Shirokuro”, Philadelphia, PA (December)
2005 JMS Gallery, Solo Show, “Horizon Fields”, Chestnut Hill, PA (November)
2005 Pocketbook Factory Gallery, “Waves of Light”, Hudson, NY
2005 Sande Webster Gallery, “The Art of the Garden”, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Carrie Haddad Gallery, “Theatre of the Absurd,” Hudson, NY
2005 Sande Webster Gallery, Contemporary Photography, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Bi-annual Group Photography Show, Hudson, NY
2004 Holland Art House, Photography and Metal, West Chester, PA

Intercontinental Times Square Hotel, Lobby
National Football League, Corporate Collection, Washington, DC
Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, New York, NY
Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Philadelphia, PA
Comedy Central, New York, NY
Orrick International
Knott Capital Management, Corporate Headquarters
Blue Cross, Corporate Headquarters
Savannah Partners, Corporate Headquarters, Wilmington, Delaware
Mamiya Masters of the Medium, UK
Museo Hollander, Fuengirola, Spain