Arthur Shilling - Cathy
Arthur Shilling - Millie and Bewabon, Rama Reserve, Ontario
Arthur Shilling - Self Portrait
Arthur Shilling - Indian Boys, Fort McMurray
Arthur Shilling - Mike St. Germaine (Old Mike - Sitting in Arm Chair)
 
Arthur Shilling - Portrait of Millie
Arthur Shilling - "REFLECTIONS" -  (Portrait of a Girl Sitting - Rama, Ontario)
Arthur Shilling - Portrait of a Woman
Arthur Shilling - Young Woman Sitting at Black River
Arthur Shilling - Salon Exhibition
 
Arthur Shilling - PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG BOY
Arthur Shilling - Four Faces
Arthur Shilling - Boy with Apple
Arthur Shilling - Three Friends
Arthur Shilling - Painter's Box
 
Arthur Shilling - Self Portrait
Arthur Shilling - 2008 Shilling Exhibition 10
Arthur Shilling - 2008 Shilling Exhibition 9
Arthur Shilling - 2008 Shilling Exhibition 8
Arthur Shilling - 2008 Shilling Exhibition 7
 
Arthur Shilling - 2008 Shilling Exhibition 6
Arthur Shilling - 2008 Shilling Exhibition 5
Arthur Shilling - 2008 Shilling Exhibition 4
Arthur Shilling - 2008 Shilling Exhibition 3
Arthur Shilling - 2008 Shilling Exhibition 2
 
Arthur Shilling - Profile of a Woman
Arthur Shilling - Field & Fence Posts- Landscape
Arthur Shilling - Figure in the Snow-Spring
Arthur Shilling - Portrait of Two Children
Arthur Shilling - Portrait of a Girl with Corn
 
Arthur Shilling - Maize
Arthur Shilling - Reflection
Arthur Shilling - Arthur Shilling in his Studio, Rama, Ontario, 1986
Arthur Shilling - Arthur Shilling with Self Portrait, Rama, Ontario, 1986
Arthur Shilling - Oakville Beaver Article
 
Arthur Shilling - Boy with clasped Hands
Arthur Shilling - Portrait of a Friend - Detail
Arthur Shilling - Portrait of Millie
Arthur Shilling - Ingrid
Arthur Shilling - Two Girls (with frame)
 
Arthur Shilling - Elder Woman ( with frame)
Arthur Shilling - Self Portrait
Arthur Shilling - Paul (framed)
Arthur Shilling - Portrait of a Woman
Arthur Shilling - Sunflowers
 
Arthur Shilling - Ingrid by Rocks (without frame)
Arthur Shilling - Old Mike
Arthur Shilling - Ingrid by Rocks
Arthur Shilling - Two Children - Summer (without frame)
Arthur Shilling - Two Children - Summer
 
Arthur Shilling - Paul
Arthur Shilling - Spring Blossoms
Arthur Shilling - Young Girl, 1982
Arthur Shilling - Reclining Woman, 1978
Arthur Shilling - Potrait of  Young Woman, 1978
 
Arthur Shilling - Self Portrait Studies
Arthur Shilling - Forest Reflection
Arthur Shilling - Bewabon Sleeping 1978
Arthur Shilling - SELF PORTRAIT Circa 1982
Arthur Shilling - Young Girl c. 1983
 
Arthur Shilling - PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN - Circa 1983
Arthur Shilling - HANGING THE WASH
Arthur Shilling - TREE CUTTING IN WINTER
Arthur Shilling - Ojibway Children
Arthur Shilling - Indian Woman in Green River
 
Arthur Shilling - Travis Sleeping, Detail
Arthur Shilling - Travis Sleeping
Arthur Shilling - Western Woman
Arthur Shilling - Reclining Nude
Arthur Shilling - Opening reception, October 2003
 
Arthur Shilling - Young Girl
Arthur Shilling - Woman Profile
Arthur Shilling - Self Portrait
Arthur Shilling - Man With Hat - Bahamas
Arthur Shilling - A View From The Studio Window
 
Arthur Shilling - Millie And Bewabon
Arthur Shilling - Reclining Nude
Arthur Shilling - Elder In The Woods
Arthur Shilling - Millie In The Rain - Birches
Arthur Shilling - Birch Trees
 
Arthur Shilling - Winter Woods - Birches
Arthur Shilling - Kevin
Arthur Shilling - Portrait
Arthur Shilling - Shilling - Self Portrait (Detail)
Arthur Shilling - Suzanne In Parka
 
Arthur Shilling - Boy With Clasped Hands
Arthur Shilling - Mother
Arthur Shilling - Woman With Corn
Arthur Shilling - Elder Woman - Portrait
Arthur Shilling - Court Stone
 
Arthur Shilling - Cathie
Arthur Shilling - Brother - Paul
Arthur Shilling - Mother's Portrait
Arthur Shilling - Boy
Arthur Shilling - Two Girls Sitting
 
Arthur Shilling - Autumn Forest
Arthur Shilling - Standing Figure - Clouds
Arthur Shilling - Two Girls Sitting
Arthur Shilling - Cathie (Detail)
Arthur Shilling - Portrait of a Girl
 

Arthur Shilling

Arthur Shilling was born April 19, 1941, on the Rama Reserve near Orillia, Ontario, into a family of 13 children. He moved to Toronto in his late teens, and although he received a scholarship to attend art school, he went to few classes, preferring to find his own way. That way meant rejecting traditional Native Indian art forms, the illustration of legends and the use of animal symbolism, while at the same time exploring the Native experience in the life around him, particularly in the faces of his people. He developed a distinctive expressionist style using bold strokes of colour to set off the quiet questioning or proud defiance in the faces of his subjects.

The first solo exhibition of his paintings took place in Ottawa in 1967 when he was only 26 years old. Since then numerous galleries across Canada have shown his work and exhibitions have also taken place in New York City and as far away as Brazil. His paintings are in the permanent collections of The McMichael Canadian Collection, The National Museum of Civilization, The Royal Ontario Museum and The Canadian Embassy Collection in Washington, D.C. He was the subject of the National Film Board’s prize-winning documentary called The Beauty of My People: The Life, Work and Times of Arthur Shilling.

Fiercely independent and impatient of attempts to classify him, he remained always “his own man”. In  the 1970’s when the aftereffects of rheumatic fever suffered in childhood caught up with him, he came out of heart surgery and looked upon the world around him with new eyes. He returned to Rama to build an art gallery beside his home where he lived with his wife, Millie, and sons, Bewabon and Travis. He was also interested in landscapes and in the summer of 1980 he went west with his family to paint the prairies and mountains, going as far as the Gulf Islands off Vancouver Island.

In 1984 he was obliged to undergo further heart surgery. During the spring of 1985, ignoring medical warnings, he travelled to the Peace River district of northern Alberta and spent several weeks there teaching on native reserves. Although failing energy made painting very difficult, he continued to work until his death on March 4, 1986.

“Thomas L. Beckett Sr., of Beckett Gallery, enjoyed a long friendship with Arthur and Millie Shilling.  They shared many successful art exhibitions through the years. October 1988 marked the first Arthur Shilling estate exhibition with Beckett, celebrating the artist’s life and work. We are fortunate to have been involved with the Shillings and are honoured to carry on the tradition and dedication to this great Canadian artist’s work.” Thomas Beckett Junior, Beckett Fine Art

“His pride in being an artist is remarkable; his commitment to excellence was profound. Arthur Shilling died much too young, but what a heritage he left behind. He will be an inspiration to many Indian and non-Indian artists in years to come. Canada and the native peoples of Canada will be better off because Arthur Shilling was with us even for such a brief period of time.”  Jean Chretien,  February 1986



Collections
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
Dofasco Inc., Hamilton, Ontario
Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
NOVA Corporation
Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C., USA
DuPont Canada Inc., Toronto
Rideau Hall, Ottawa
St Michael's Hospital, Toronto
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
Imperial Oil, Toronto
Manulife Financial, Toronto


Education
Self-taught
New School of Art
Ontario College of Art, Toronto

Films
1978
"The Beauty of My People", The Life, Work and Times of Arthur Shilling, National Film Board

1977
"Faces of Small Places"

1974
"The Great Indian Canvas", National Film Board, Canada

1973
"The New Canadians", National Film Board, Canada

Group Exhibitions
2000 “Perpetual Bundle”, Indian Art Collection,  Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa
2000 “Mutual Regard”, Arthur Shilling & David General, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto
1993 "Welcome Canada", Budapest
1990 "Two Native Masters-Arthur Shilling & Joseph Jacobs", Beckett Gallery, Hamilton
1986,85,82,81,80,79,78,77,76,74 Woodland Indian Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
1983 "Contemporary Indian Art at Rideau Hall, Ottawa
1982 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay
1979 McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
1979 "Kinder Des Nanabush", McMichael Collection for the Museum Fur Volkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany
1977 Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
1977 Museum of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Canada House, London, England and Germany
Contemporary Native Art of Canada-travelling exhibition including R.O.M.
1974,76,82,85,86  Woodland Indian Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
1974,78  Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
1967 Indian Hall of Fame, CNE, Toronto


Publications
1986/2000
"The Ojibway Dream", by Arthur Shilling, Tundra Books

1984
"We are The Music Makers", by Court Stone, Castenchel Ed.

Solo Exhibitions
2003, 1999  Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, Ontario
1990 Columbus Centre, Toronto
1997,94,92,90   Roberts Gallery, Toronto
1986 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
1986,83,81,80,79  Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
1981,80  Sundance Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1978 Nancy Poole's Studio, Toronto
1970 McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario
1967 Tom Thomson Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
1966 Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
1963,63,67  Orillia Public Library, Orillia, Ontario



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