Travis Shilling was born in Rama ON, the second of two artist sons of acclaimed Aboriginal artist Arthur Shilling. Travis' paintings tell a story. An artist, filmmaker and playwright, his work reflects a rich imagination and exceptional skill. Known as a landscape and portrait painter, Travis' recent paintings juxtapose civilization and the animal world in a narrative dreamscape. His short film "Bear Tung", featuring Gary Farmer, was a selection in the 2011 National Museum of American Indian in NYC as well as the Santa Fe independent film festival.
As well as being self-taught he attended the Toronto School of Art, Toronto ON and the Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas ON. He has exhibited since age 21 in Canada, Europe and the US, and travels between a studio in Rama and in Toronto.
A commissioned work resides in the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC, and his work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in Canada and the US, including the CPP Investment Board, Toronto ON, and the Orillia Museum of Art, Orillia ON.
Indian Summer #5, 2017
Oil on canvas
16”h x 16”w