Ethel Shipton was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. She received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a photographer for the Texas House of Representatives. After 12 years in Austin, Shipton moved to Mexico City for 2 years and was part of the international artist community that lived in México City in the 80s. Shipton’s work has been exhibited internationally, and in 2011, Shipton was awarded Artist Honoree of the year at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. In 2017-18 she received the Berlin Residency Program, Blue Star Contemporary in partnership with Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
Her practice is informed by a strong conceptual base and encompasses a variety of expressions. Through painting, installation, photography, and text, Shipton spotlights instants of clarity that flit by in the comings and goings of daily life. Past works have centered on ideas of urban scenes, language, and attempts to process information. Time is an important issue of her oeuvre. We can find references to time and images of time throughout her art practice. “Space and time, movement and place I see going hand and hand. These two elements continue to be the groundwork for my artwork. We all continue to move between time and space on a moment-by-moment basis.” – Ethel Shipton
Shipton’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at venues including Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Texas State University, San Marcos, TX; Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX. Her recent group projects include Regarding Ruscha, McNay Art, San Antonio, TX; Stitch in Time, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX; Piecework, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, TX; Latinx Art: Transcending Borders, Octavia Art Gallery, Houston, TX and Analia Segal and Ethel Shipton: Feminizing forms? Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX.