"Sunrise Sunset” Series, Judy Gelles first encountered the beach boxes while traveling in the United Kingdom. In one of the most colorful painting projects undertaken in the UK, Sadolin Superdec has been used to deliver inspirational shades capturing the essence of the color spectrum from sunrise to sunset at 75 traditionally styled, wooden beach huts in Bournemouth. passed down for generations, have distinct compositions and colors identifying ownership . This is for a simple shed with no electricity, water, or any features at all other than proximity to sand and water. Only locals are allowed to acquire them and they are immensely prized possessions.
“Trailer Park” (Melbourne, FL) another series of work, spawned from her father’s decision to buy a mobile home in Melbourne Beach, FL, to escape the icy New Hampshire winters. Her technique illuminates this community, embodying the dream of retirement, but for many, is actually the end of the road.
“Beach Box” Series (Melbourne, Australia), that depicts simple sheds with no electricity, water, or any features at all other than proximity to sand and water. Located in Melbourne, Australia, these beach boxes provide an artful character to the beaches. The vivid colors assigned to these sheds, and Gelles’ photographic talent, enhances the value these beach boxes possess.
“Fourth Grade Project”, Judy Gelles has come to realize children today are living in social silos, cut off from diverse cultural and economic groups. She has made it her priority to visit public inner city schools, along with private schools to shed light on the clear differences and challenges these children face. By asking fourth graders from schools all around the world, the exact same questions, she allows their answers to become part of her art, coupled by her intriguing photographs.
Judy Gelles has received her MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. Gelles has exhibited her work at the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland, UK; The Beaney Canterbury, Canterbury, UK; Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM; Granary Arts Center, Ephraim, UT; Berlin Foto Biennale, Berlin, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, FL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA; Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA. She has been awarded the CENTER Award, Second Prize “Curator’s Choice” (2016); First Prize, Prix de la Photgraphie Paris (2013); the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA (2011); the William Penn Foundation Grant, Philadelphia, PA (2010) and the Fleisher Challenge Artist (2007). Her most recent sponsorship comes from the Lomax Family Foundation Grant (2012). Judy Gelles is also in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA; Harvard University Fine Arts Library, Cambridge, MA; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; among many others.