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Shell Bankier Profile

Shell Bankier

Gold Coast QLD

Art Lovers Prize Finalist 2021

Art Lovers Prize Finalist 2022


Shell Bankier’s newest body of work is abstract, with images of colour, form flow and texture, of waves and sky, all connected with the vital element of water.

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Artworks: 36

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About Shell Bankier


Inspired by the sea and sky, and the space between and beyond.

Shell’s new works are large format statement artworks, rich in mood, tones and flowing forms.

​Each image has an inherent stillness held within, evoking a recognition of nature’s rhythmic architecture, be it sea or sky, water or wave. With visual simplicity and all connected by water, these works cut away from a definition, to become something other, relying on rich colour and either abstracted form or strong visual elements… a curve of water vapour across a black sky, a breaking wave caught in its moment of surrender.

Blue, white, silver greys and deep blacks intensify the palette for huge impact in any space, at any size, on canvas or paper.

Set the mood of your space with deep inky colours and tones, silvery whites and forms of flow…melding sea and sky together for statement art.

“I wanted to create a body of work, based on sea and sky, that presents a design-inspired focal point for a room based on mood, colour and form. I also wanted the work to hold a feeling of stillness and otherworldliness, with an ability to anchor the room in which is is presented.”

Moments of awe, moments of scope, these are beautiful original images created by the synthesis of our natural world with a unique camera eye, perfect to fill empty walls with grace and style.


In photography for over 15 years, Shell Bankier, with an extensive, gorgeous collection of unique imagery, brings frozen moments of sea and sky, rhythm and substance onto our walls and into our hearts.

Shell started her professional photography journey in surf photography, and was the first woman this century to have her work in ASL (Australia’s Surfing Life) magazine as a contributing photographer. She shoots the big cyclone swells that hit the Gold Coast, has witnessed the 30 foot plus waves at Teahupo’o in a tiny boat, and been on the beach shooting big swells at the North Shore, Hawaii. With numerous exhibitions here and in Sydney, and the opening of her gallery, Inverse, in James St Burleigh Heads, Shell worked on expanding her work beyond surf photography into unique fine art prints.

After closing the gallery 10 years ago, Shell has developed and transformed her photography even further, and feels her work now is the most true of any she has produced. The publication of her photographic art book ‘BlueSphere – An Oceanic Journey’ compiles the best of her surf photography work. Now she creates seascape and abstract works of waves and clouds, the two visual aspects in her body of work tied together by the most vital element of water.

Shell Bankier has quite a remarkable life story so far. She grew up sailing the oceans with her family on a yacht, giving her a deep love for the ocean. At age 16, she was paralysed in a horrific car accident that ended her father’s life and left her fighting for her own. Learning to walk was a tireless and long process, and she defied all her doctors’ prognoses – she proved them all wrong, slowly rebuilding her life. Since then, over the last 23 years, she has lived with chronic pain and the life-long repercussions from the accident, but she has never let that define her.

Photography gave her a lifeline and a new purpose.

Shell lives on the Gold Coast with her wife, baby daughter and two dogs.

“My photography is what I can do to inspire others; my artworks are mirrors of the Universe, held up to you, showing you the reflection of that grand universal truth and beauty that lives in you.”

Art Lovers Prize Finalist 2021
Art Lovers Prize Finalist 2022


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