Stuart Shils

Click here to view Stuart’s complete works at Kings Oaks.

Photo by Nikolai Fox

Stuart Shils (b. 1954, Philadelphia) painted from direct observation, either outside or looking through windows for 30 years and is still engaged with the pursuit of landscape only now it’s not so much about looking out as with looking in; but  really, they are the same thing. There were many solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Richmond, San Francisco and Cork (Ireland).  Shils is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship for Residency in Ballycastle, Ireland, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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, The Brooklyn Rail, Art, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Irish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist, The Hudson Review and The Philadelphia Daily News.

For more than a decade he was an annual visiting critic at the Vermont Studio Center (VSC) and for 15 years has been a weekly critic at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) where he has also taught painting classes.  Also, years ago, Shils worked with the master class at the Jerusalem Studio School in Italy and Jerusalem. Between 1994 and 2006, Shils spent 13 long summers on the northwest coast of Ireland, an extended painting campaign described in the PBS film documentary, “Ballycastle,” which was presented internationally and won numerous awards, including First Place for Documentary Excellence, Society for Professional Journalists.

Shils studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Arthur de Costa and Seymour Remenick and at the Philadelphia College of Art with Francis Tucker and Doris Stafel.