The playfulness of Tregoning’s subject matter, drawn from everyday observation and the sensuality of nostalgia and memory, masks the subtextual gravitas her paintings and illustrations are frequently shot through with. Weighty existential and anthropological questions -- about identity and belonging, performance and display -- are found posed in seemingly the lightest of spaces.


Born in Mauritius and educated in the UK, Shelly Tregoning received a BA in Fine Art from Falmouth University in 2011. Her work has been featured in the Discerning Eye, the National Open Art Competition, RWA and the Threadneedle Prize Exhibition.  She lives and works in Cornwall.