Leslie Shiels

“It is intriguing to observe synergy between a dog and a man or among a pack of dogs responding to their keepers. There are compelling similarities within a group of co-operating hunting dogs and a community of people. Building a team for a group sport, such as soccer, can have similarities to that required to gather a cohesive efficiently working pack of hounds. The categories of alpha, beta, omega, and zeta might apply to all. Making a painting of hounds interacting could symbolically be as valid as rendering a cocktail party. Great familiarity and comfort with the hound shape and interest in behavioral parallels attends this departure into allegory. The themes of commonality might include, need, group think, aggressive play as prelude to conflict resolution in maturity, passive aggression, cooperation, drive, submission, honor, leadership and want. These compelling parallels and the range of visual opportunity within the repetition of the shape of the familiar fuels this series.”

Two Resting, 36x36, oil on linen
Two Resting, 36x36, oil on linen
Leslie Shiels $7900
Attentive Ten, 48x48, oil on linen
Attentive Ten, 48x48, oil on linen
Leslie Shiels $11,900
Three and a Ball, 36x36, oil on linen
Three and a Ball, 36x36, oil on linen
Leslie Shiels $7900
Four Waiting, 36x36, oil on linen
Four Waiting, 36x36, oil on linen
Leslie Shiels $7900
Five Resting, 40x40, oil on linen
Five Resting, 40x40, oil on linen
Leslie Shiels $8900
Company, 30x30, oil
Company, 30x30, oil
Leslie Shiels $6500 - SOLD
Provincial Hound Left • 17 1/2 x 12   Hand pulle serigraph
Provincial Hound Left • 17 1/2 x 12 Hand pulle serigraph
Leslie Shiels • $400
Cat Right • 12x15 1/2. Hand pulled serigraph
Cat Right • 12x15 1/2. Hand pulled serigraph
Leslie Shiels • $400
Right Runner, 16 1/2 x 24 1/2, serigraph
Right Runner, 16 1/2 x 24 1/2, serigraph
Leslie Shiels $400
Fraternal Hound Left  • Original Hand-pulled Serigraph
Fraternal Hound Left • Original Hand-pulled Serigraph
Leslie Shiels • $400
Rooster, 17x13, Original Hand-pulled Serigraph
Rooster, 17x13, Original Hand-pulled Serigraph
Leslie Shiels • $400
Provincial Hound Left Original Hand-pulled Serigraph
Provincial Hound Left Original Hand-pulled Serigraph
Leslie Shiels • $400
Fraternal Hound Right, Original Hand-pulled Serigraph •
Fraternal Hound Right, Original Hand-pulled Serigraph •
Leslie Shiels * $400
Bounder • 11x17, Original Hand-pulled  Serigraph
Bounder • 11x17, Original Hand-pulled Serigraph
Leslie Shiels • $400
Star Gazer 2, 10x10, oil
Star Gazer 2, 10x10, oil
Leslie Shiels $475
Star Gazer 1, 10x10, oil
Star Gazer 1, 10x10, oil
Leslie Shiels $475

Leslie Shiels Bio

Here’s Leslie in a recent interview talking about her portraiture for her new show “Here’s Looking at You” – from her BirdHead Series of 52 portraits paired with birds in Ohio” :  http://www.ohiochannel.org/medialibrary/Media.aspx?fileId=139001

My path to a painting begins with a personal concern, a thought inspired by a novel, a news story or a conversation boiled down to a single question or declaration. Previous statements and questions have included,” What tangible speaks of you?”, “Ignorance is the greatest common enemy.”, as well as “First and third world peoples are more similar than dissimilar.” and “Human social structure has much in common with animals that work as a pack.” When I start it is with a fertilized concept but not necessarily with the vision of a specific outcome. I let it ‘be’ what it ‘is’. I believe in allowing for opportunistic success that comes through purposeful discipline. If, at the end of a day, I don’t see potential in what I ‘have so far’, I use a wallpaper scraper, drag off the paint and leave. I start over. As my friend Frank says,” It’s not life or death, it’s only a painting.”I don’t make sketches, preliminary drawings, templates, models, etc. I might paint a study I believe could stand on its own. I paint.

Starting is easy. Stopping is tricky. Finding out what it will ‘be’ is the fun.

At this writing I’m compelled by what people have in common with other social animals.

A good example would be a dog.

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Education

  • BFA Fine Arts 1950
  • DAAP UC 1974

Exhibitions (Sample)

  • 2014 Alexandria Museum of Art, 27th September Competition, Alexandria, LA
  • 2014 Birds in Art 2014, Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin^
  • 2014 “Dizygotic” Custom House Museum, Clarksville, TN
  • 2013 Hilton Head Biennial, Hilton Head S.C.
  • 2013 “Dizygotic”, Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2012 Ohio Annual, Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, Ohio^*
  • 2012 Birds in Art 2012, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau Wisconsin*^
  • 2012 Customs House Museum, National Juried Exh. , Clarksville, Tennessee* **
  • 2012 Butler Institute of American Art 76th Mid-Year Exh, Youngstown Ohio*
  • 2011 Zanesville Museum of Art, Ohio Annual, Zanesville Ohio
  • 2011 “Fresh Ohio”, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
  • 2011 Butler Institute of American Art, Mid-Year Exh. Youngstown, Ohio
  • 2011 Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery, “Portraits in Ohio”, Columbus, Ohio
  • 2010 Zanesville Museum Biennial, Zanesville Ohio
  • 2010 Ft Wayne Museum of Art: Contemporary Realism, Ft.Wayne, Indiana ^
  • 2010 “Birds in Art” , Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin^
  • 2010 Texas National. Austin State Univ., Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 2009 Art from the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center Biennial, Indiana
  • 2009 Leslie Shiels: BirdHeads, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Covington Kentucky*
  • 2009 “Birds in Art”, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin*
  • 2009 Chautauqua National Exh., VACI of the Chautauqua Institute, New York
  • 2009 46th Annual Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana **
  • 2009 Halpert Biennial, Appalachian State Univ. Turchin Arts Center, Boone, N.C.
  • 2008 September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana*
  • 2008 VACI National Exhibition, Strohl Arts Center, Chautauqua Institution, New York
  • 2008 Butler Institute of American Art, Mid-Year Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio*
  • 2008 Harrisburg Art Assoc. International Juried Exh., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 2008 Los Angeles Fine Arts Show, Los Angeles California*
  • 2007 “Intercessions” Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2007 Exhibition 280 Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia*
  • 2007 “A” is for Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio**
  • 2006 Images 2006 Robeson Gallery, Penn. State University, College Park, Pennsylvania*
  • 2006 “Leslie Shiels” Harcum Gallery, Boyd Arts Center, Wilmington College, Ohio
  • 2005/06 “Leslie Shiels-Cultural Connections” Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio*
  • 2005 “Shiels-Paintings of Bermuda”, Masterworks Museum, Hamilton, Bermuda*
  • 2005 “DaVinci Reinterpreted” Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio*
  • 2005 “Leslie Shiels”, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, Ohio
  • 2004 OH+5 , The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio
  • 2004 “Shiels: Guardians”, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 2003 ‘Shiels: Recent Paintings” Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2002 28th Juried Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania*
  • 2002 29th Juried Annual, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana**
  • 2002 “Guardians Against Ignorance” Aronoff Center Weston Art Gallery, Cinti, Ohio
  • 2001 65th Mid-Year Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio**
  • 2000 “Show of Chance” Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1998 “Cups” Toni LaBoiteaux Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1996 “Leslie Shiels” Sally Harvey Fine Arts, Aspen. Colorado
  • 1995 “Shiels/Heyl” Fitton Center for the Arts, Hamilton, Ohio
  • 1994 “Shiels: Dog Days” Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1993 18th Biennial Regional, Southbend Regional Art Museum, Southbend, Indiana
  • 1992 “American Obsession” Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1991 “September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana**