Stuart Shils's paintings take as their subject the rural landscapes of Indiana,Vermont and County Mayo, Ireland. to capture shifting light and weather conditions, time of day and qualities of season. In an essay on the artist's work, Justin Spring writes,"These beautifully focused small works are intimate in scale, suggesting that they have been designed for domestic spaces.They are inspired by European art of nearly two centuries ago, but they partake in the contemporary dialogue of New York painting." Stuart Shils studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Seymour Remenick and at the Philadelphia College of Art. Mr. Shils is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship for Residency in Ballycastle, Ireland, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Writing of his work critic Maureen Mullarkey observed that "his landscapes dwell on the uncertain border between representation and abstraction; increasingly, they cross into pure suggestion. Landscape is inseparable from scenery; yet scenes all but dissolve. In their place is something more elusive, harder to evoke: the mood of a locale and the temper of its weather.With each successive show, Mr. Shils reveals himself as a poet of atmosphere." Though specific to the locales in which he paints, Shils sees his work as an extended metaphor, a highly compressed meditation on form and light.