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February 11, 2003 to May 4, 2003

Glimpses of the Irish Coast: Recent Oils and Monotypes by Stuart Shils

The first solo exhibition of Stuart Shils’ work in Center City Philadelphia since 1999. Shils presented his most recent body of oils and monotypes created during his latest trip to the coast of North Mayo in Ireland. These small scale works are a continuation of a larger body of landscape paintings, representing over a decade of summer excursions to the Irish Coast. Working in the plein-air tradition of painting on site out-of-doors, Shils describes these abstract works as the results of “the tension between seeing and feeling nature . . .and the sensuous connection between light and space.”

The foundation of Shils’ work is rooted in 19th century Romantic landscape painting. Shils describes his working method as a mystical experience that connects interior sensation to the natural world: “I cannot paint without a mind and eye to the external world. That connection with sensation is the point of departure and within the tradition that I imagine myself working, looking out to nature is the crux. But paradoxically, at a certain point, it is to get deeper into the nature of painting. . . it becomes a reflection of internal resonance.”

Shils (b. 1954) received his MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1982. He has had many solo exhibitions, including most recently: Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland (2001); Davis and Langdale (2001); Woodmere Art Museum (2001); Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2001); Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (1997, 1999, 2000); Mangel Gallery (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999); Barton/Ryan Gallery, Boston, MA (1999); and Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (1997). Shils has also received numerous awards from: The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, Bellycastle, Ireland (1994, 1999); NEA/Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship (1996); Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Visual Arts State Fellowship (1996); and Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1994). Shils lives and works in Philadelphia. He is represented by Davis and Langdale, New York.

 

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