Stuart Shils is known as a painter of landscapes, working from direct observation in Ireland, Italy, and in the Philadelphia area. Shils has long been fascinated by the perceptual process, the many screens and filters, which characterize each moment of looking. His beautiful compositions of shifting color and shape evoke the impression of place. His layered surfaces reveal the history of their making. Recently, Shils has extended his consideration to the photographic lens. His photographs depict the deteriorating buildings and peeling urban walls around downtown Philadelphia. Shils also paints on top of his photographs, producing imagery that reveals the fluidity of time and place. Shils' work blurs the boundaries between representation and abstraction, observation and memory. In the words of critic Maureen Mullarkey, "Mr. Shills reveals himself as a poet of atmosphere."
Stuart Shils is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.