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Arthur Shilling: The Final Works

June 2 to August 19, 2018

Franklin Carmichael Gallery
Guest Curator: William Kingfisher
Organized and Circulated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Reception: Thursday, June 7, 7 to 9 pm

Curatorial Tour: Friday, June 8, 12:30 pm $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Registration is required as space is limited. Call or visit the museum to register.

Arthur Shilling: The Final Works brings together paintings produced between 1976 and 1986. Made during a period of incredible creativity, Shilling works were becoming bolder and more expressive. This exhibition celebrates Shilling as a critically important artist and visionary.

Shilling's use of deep shades of red, brown, orange, green, and turquoise enhance his Western painting techniques with traditional Anishinaabe imagery; created solely using his own voice.

In the 30-foot mural, The Beauty of Our People, Shilling reveals the beauty and richness of Indigenous peoples in the contemporary world while not forgetting their history and struggles.

Arthur Shilling was born on April 19, 1941 on the Chippewas of Rama First Nation Reserve. His work focused on portraiture of family and friends from his community and contributed greatly to the emerging discourse of contemporary aboriginal art in Canada from the 1960s to the 1980s. With a strong expressionistic style his work presented a different vision of Aboriginal people, not as victims, but as strong, complex, thoughtful, and proud. In the late 1970s, he began the Ojibway Dream series where he explored the struggle of being aboriginal in contemporary society, the importance of the Ojibway traditional past,and the connections between expressionism and Ojibway visual culture. Shilling died at his home in Rama on March 4, 1986.

The Catalogue
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication which includes essays by Curator, William Kingfisher, Robert Houle, and Wanda Nanibush. The publication includes full colour plates of the artwork as installation images and been produced in three languages: Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibway language), English, and French. The catalogue is available for purchase at the museum or online.

For information/Media Contact: Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director
705 326–2159 x101


Orillia Museum of Art & History
30 Peter St. S.
Orillia, ON  L3V 5A9

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The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is a hub of culture and heritage located down in the heart of Orillia's Peter Street Arts District. From scientific specimens and photographs, to archives and oral histories, OMAH offers a wide range of research possibilities and interpretive programs complemented by a body of rich and engaging exhibitions.The clock tower of our Sir Samuel Steele Memorial Building is a beacon for our historical location.

Museum hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 – 4pm | Sunday 1-4pm
Suggested Admission is $5 or free with Membership.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is fully accessible.

Image credit:
Arthur Shilling
Ojibway Dreams (Self-portrait), ca. 1985
oil on board, 152 x 103 cm
Collection of Shilling Estate
Photo by Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Arts, Toronto
© Estate of Arthur Shilling





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