Canton Artists' Guild: Public Lecture by American Artist Stuart Shils at Gallery on the Green - October 24, 2006 - 7:30 P.M.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Public Lecture by American Artist Stuart Shils at Gallery on the Green - October 24, 2006 - 7:30 P.M.

The Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund, Inc.

American Artist

Looking at Landscape: The Nature of Painting
and the Culture of Perception

Tuesday evening, October 24, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Gallery on the Green
Canton, Connecticut

Stuart Shils' expressionist landscapes have been exhibited widely to great critical attention. His paintings, oil pastels, and monotypes take as their subject the rural landscapes of County Mayo, Ireland. Shils is a painter of specific moments, working quickly to capture shifting light and weather conditions, time of day and qualities of season. In a recent review, art critic Maureen Mullarkey observed that "his landscapes dwell on the uncertain border between representation and abstraction; increasingly, they cross into pure suggestion. Landscape is inseparable from scenery; yet scenes all but dissolve, Turner-like, in these modestly scaled oils. In their place is something more elusive, harder to evoke: the mood of a locale and the temper of its weather. With each successive show, Mr. Shils reveals himself as a poet of atmosphere."

In an exhibition essay on the artist's work, Justin Spring writes, "These beautifully focused small works are intimate in scale, suggesting that they have been designed for domestic spaces. They are inspired by European art of nearly two centuries ago, but the partake in the contemporary dialogue of New York painting. In recognizing and emulating the genius of Corot and other European, pre-modern masters and by incorporating them into what is essentially a contemporary style, Shils, an American painter, has suggested new ways to consider the politics and precedents of landscape in contemporary painting." Stuart Shils studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Philadelphia College of Art. Mr. Shils is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship for Residency in Ballycastle, Ireland.

A free will donation to provide future support to visual artists and musicians may be made to the Fund at the lecture.


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