Stuart Shils painted observationally either outside or through windows for many years, and now translates visual impulse, memory and speculation into various media including wood, paint, collage and camera. At one time his work was presented in solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Richmond, LA, San Francisco and Cork (Ireland). Critical review appeared in newspapers and journals including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Brooklyn Rail, Ha ‘aretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Irish Times, artcritical.com, The Wall Street Journal, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England and the Hudson Review. Beginning in 1994 he spent 13 summers exploring the temperamental moods of the northwest coast of Ireland in paint, an extended campaign described in the PBS film documentary ‘Ballycastle’. After more than 40 years of painting, he says: “I’ve lived long enough to become someone I’d never have imagined’.
At PAFA he is a weekly critic for undergraduate students.