Shilling’s Most Creative At The Art Gallery

Ojibway Dreams (self-portrait 1), oil on canvass. Courtesy of the Shilling Estate. The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor until 13 May 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Ojibway Dreams (self-portrait 1), oil on canvass. Courtesy of the Shilling Estate. The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor until 13 May 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – “Powerful,” is one of the words used by the Art Gallery of Windsor to describe the creativity of Ojibwe artist Arthur Shilling. An exhibit of his last decade of work, entitled The Final Works, is now on display on the second floor of the gallery.

It includes an extensive collection of his portraiture, which the AGW says reflects, “contemporary identity politics within Indigenous culture. The portraits are colourful, and often even in some cases spontaneous.”

The exhibit includes his masterpiece 30ft-long mural, The Beauty of Our People. It brings forward a character study of infinite variety, both in its length and in the slightly abstracted detail of the assemblage of Indigenous people.

In his 30ft-long mural, The Beauty of Our People, Shilling focuses on faces. The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor until 13 May 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In his 30ft-long mural, The Beauty of Our People, Shilling focuses on faces. The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor until 13 May 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Shilling was born on the Chippewas of Rama First Nation Reserve, near Orillia, in 1941 and passed away in 1986. Included in the collection, on loan from the Art Gallery of Peterborough, is a single non-portrait piece portraying winter in the Sunshine City.

Orillia, the Sunshine City, is depicted on a winter’s day through the eyes of Arthur Shilling.The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor, as part of the installation The Final Works, until 13 May 2018.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Orillia, the Sunshine City, is depicted on a winter’s day through the eyes of Arthur Shilling. The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor, as part of the installation The Final Works, until 13 May 2018.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Even in the abstract nature of the work, Shilling mixes two aspects of modern day main street living; the red light of a stoplight and the majesty of the fallen snow.

The showing will continue until May 13.

Arthur Shilling’s Young Girl in Dream adds a bit of nonchalance to his body of work.The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor until 13 May 2018.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Arthur Shilling’s Young Girl in Dream adds a bit of nonchalance to his body of work. The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor until 13 May 2018.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Girl with Dreams, 1983, oil on canvass, The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor until 13 May 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Girl with Dreams, 1983, oil on canvass, The piece is on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor until 13 May 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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