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Travis Shilling's paintings tell a story. A filmmaker and playwright, Travis' work reflects a rich imagination and exceptional skill. Travis' recent paintings juxtapose civilization and the animal world in a narrative dreamscape. His short film "Bear Tung", featuring Gary Farmer, was a selection in the 2011 National Museum of American Indian in NYC as well as the Santa fe independent film festival in October. Travis was born in Rama, Ontario: the second of two artist sons of acclaimed Aboriginal artist Arthur Shilling. Travis has exhibited since age 21 in Canada, Europe and the US. He travels between a studio in Rama and one in Toronto.

work
Black Bear
Boat Field
Camp
Coyote
Elk and Refuge
Farmer Planet
Floods
Fox and Boat
Home
Interior
Island
Old Friend
Old Rules
Rama Series 1
Rama Series 2
Reservation
Sea Song
The Garage
The Map
The Wake
The Horses
Three Crows
Untitled
Rabbit Carver
Land
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EXHIBITIONS:

2010
The Shilling Show, South Hampton Art gallery, South Hampton ON

2009
Totem, Solo Exhibition, Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, ON First Nations Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Rental & Sales Gallery

2008
Group Show, Nick Whistler Gallery, East Sussex, England

2007
Solo Exhibition, Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, ON Solo Exhibition, Pegasus Gallery, Salt Spring Island BC Travis and Bewabon Shilling, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Orillia, Ontario Group Exhibition, The Gary Farmer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2006
Solo Exhibition, The Gary Farmer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Solo exhibition, The Moore Gallery, Victoria BC Arthur & Travis Shilling, Father & Son, Exhibition, Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Oakville, ON

2005
Solo Exhibition, Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, ON

2004
Solo Exhibition, Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, ON
December, Travis and Bewabon Shilling, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Solo Exhibition, Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, Ontario

 

2003
Solo Exhibition, Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, ON

2001
Solo Exhibition, Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, ON

1999
Solo Exhibition, Lewis Hindle Fine Art Gallery, Orillia, ON 1998
Vincent Bomberry & Travis Shilling, Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto
Group Exhibition, Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto

 

1998/1997
ANDPVA Group Exhibition, Toronto City Hall, Toronto
ANDPVA Group Exhibition, Sky Dome Festival, Toronto
 

1998
Group Exhibition, Beckett Fine Art Ltd.,Toronto

1997
Travis Shilling Solo Exhibition, Aboriginal Voices, Toronto

1997/1996
Group Show, Toronto School of Art, Toronto

1995
Solo Exhibition, Stephen Leacock Museum, Orillia

EDUCATION:

Toronto School of Art, Toronto, Ontario
Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario


COMMISSIONS:

Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. USA
Star Portraits, Bravo, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Nov. 14, 2009


COLLECTIONS:

CPP Investment Board, Toronto
Orillia Museum of Art, Orillia, Ontario


INTERVIEWS/PUBLICATIONS/RESIDENCE:

Star Portraits, BRAVO
First Nations Drum, Clint Bueler
Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star, Nov/2008
The Muskoka Magazine, Article, March/April 2007
The Victoria Times, Review, June 1, 2006
Spirit Magazine, Article, 2004 Autumn Issue
Digital Journal, Article, 2004 Summer Issue
Peter Goddard, Toronto Star, May 1, 2003, Review/Interview
CBC TV News Program, Interview, 1999
Oh La La CITY TV, Interview
Aboriginal Voices, Magazine, Interview
Port Perry Elementary School, Artist In Residence, 1996









 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Travis Shilling’s painting seen in Woody Allen film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”.
Travis‘ painting used on book cover for Joesph Gold “The Story Species”.
Bands that have used Travis’ paintings for album covers include:
Run With The Kittens “Myth In The Sky”.
Digging Roots “Spring To Come”
Tacoma Hell Farm Tragedy “Canter Canter”