Sunday, February 7, 2010
Stuart Shils - 27 Years Outside
Another painter who uses the landscape as a starting point and arrives at an abstract destination is Stuart Shils. He has been a plein air painter since 1982, and when he gave a talk at Johns Hopkins University last fall, it was entitled "27 Years Outside."
During thirteen of those years, Shils spent the summer months in County Mayo, on the northwest coast of Ireland, where the sea and sky (and the mist & rain) add a turbulent dimension to the hilly landscape. When there is sunlight, it is often low on the horizon, casting dramatic shadows. He painted in oils on 12" - 15" prepared paper mounted on board.
In 2004, PBS aired Ballycastle, a documentary about Shils work in Ireland.
There are two clips from the film on his website.
Shils will have selected paintings from Italy, Ireland and Philadelphia on exhibit through February 27th at Coleman Bancroft LLC in New York City.
Stuart Shils teaches master classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He is offering a 3-day intensive outdoor painting class April 16-18 (Friday-Sunday) with an emphasis on color and discriminating perception. There will be a free slide lecture Thursday, April 15, from 6–7:30 p.m. which is open to the public.