PAFA critic and Master Class Artist Stuart Shils will discuss his work and influences. As a painter, draughtsman and printmaker, Shils has culled his subject matter from the surrounding landscape. Shils will discuss the visual concerns fundamental to making, perceiving, and thinking about art, emphasizing the graphic language of abstraction. Through a variety of artists’ examples throughout history and images of his own work, Shils will demonstrate how an understanding of dynamic compositional principles can direct, inform and transform the way we represent the world around us.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with Stuart Shils’ Master Class — learn more or register.
Stuart Shils has painted outside or looking through windows for 30 years. His work has been presented in solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Richmond, San Francisco and Cork (Ireland). Critical review and commentary has appeared in newspapers, journals and magazines, including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Ha’aretz, The Jerusalem Post, artcritical.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Irish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist, and The Hudson Review. His paintings are represented by Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York, and his monotypes by Davis and Langdale, also in New York.
He was an annual visiting critic at the Vermont Studio Center for more than a decade and currently teaches in many venues around the country. Beginning in 1994 he spent 13 summers working on the northwest coast of Ireland, an extended painting campaign described in the PBS film documentary Ballycastle.
Shils is currently a visiting critic in PAFA’s Certificate program, and he offers Master Classes and Workshops through PAFA’s Continuing Education program.