Travis Shilling’s paintings are inspired in equal parts by the world around him and the re-imagining of this world, where animals, spirit figures and the landscape take centre stage. For his solo exhibition at the Latcham Gallery, Shilling continues to explore ideas around adaptation and survival in both the natural and built environment. His practice is personal and instinctive, telling stories that not only reflect his experience of the landscape, but ruminate on the enduring spirit of the natural world and our place in it.
Travis Shilling (b. 1978) is from the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. His paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Mendal Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Orillia Museum of Art and History in Orillia and MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie. His work is also in collections across Ontario and in the United States at the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and The Citadelle Art Foundation in Texas. In addition to his painting, Shilling has also worked in film and theatre as writer, director and producer. His short films have screened at the Images Festival in Toronto, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in Toronto and at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in New York City. Shilling is represented by Ingram Gallery in Toronto.
This exhibition is part of The Latcham Gallery's ongoing commitment to provide a venue to exhibit work by Indigenous artists from Ontario and is generously sponsored by UOIT (The University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Ontario Arts Council and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Customs: what you take and what you leave, 2017
oil on canvas
16 x 16 inches