Available works range between $ 7,000 and $ 15,000.
"In the sunrise, in the early morning light, I saw colors making love, and in the sunset, I wept at what I saw." - Arthur Shilling, The Ojibway Dream
After representing Arthur Shilling (1941-1986) during the final years of his life, Kinsman Robinson are pleased to reassemble select paintings from various private collections.
Shilling is best known for his intimate portraits of family and friends on the Chippewas of Rama First Nation (formerly the Rama Reserve) an Anishinaabe community. He created a legacy through his art and rekindled pride in Indigenous people during his short life. A hulking yet gentle man, Shilling captured the sensitivity of his subject matter with bold brushstrokes accompanied by his trademark colours.
Arthur Shilling was born to Ojibway parents on the Chippewas of Rama First Nation (90-minutes north of Toronto on the eastern shore of Lake Couchiching) into a family of 13 children. He moved to Toronto during his late teens, and although he received a scholarship to attend art school, he went to few classes, preferring to find his own way. That way meant rejecting traditional Indigenous art forms, narrative legends and animal symbolism, while at the same time exploring the Indigenous experience in the life around him, particularly in the faces of his people. Over 30 years of painting, Shilling developed a distinctive, expressionistic style using bold brushstrokes of intense colour to contrast the proud defiance he found in the faces of his subjects.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection; Royal Ontario Museum; Canadian Museum of History; Indigenous Art Centre, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC); The Woodland Cultural Centre; ArcelorMittal Dofasco; The United Nations Art Collection; Seagram Company Ltd.;Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Ltd.; Sim & McBurney/Sim Ashton & McKay LLP