Brian Shields in Acequias & Holy Water (a group show) at Studio 107B in Taos, NM.

Opening reception: Saturday April 13, 4-7pm — Exhibition runs through May 31, 2019.

Untitled, 2017, Mixed Media on Paper, 91cm x 64cm

Untitled, 2017, Mixed Media on Paper, 91cm x 64cm


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Brian Shields in 3 upcoming Exhibitions in September and October 2018 in Taos

10/8-11/16     Dreaming the Land,Encore Gallery, Taos NM (2 person)

9/22-11/15  Non-Representational Taos, 203 Fine Art, Taos NM

9/20-29         Outside the Lines, Bareiss Gallery, Taos NM

5/12-6/17     Earth Fire and Paint, Studio 107-B, Taos NM

Brian Shields in two group shows in May, 2018

Denver, CO: May 10th opening at Michael Warren Contemporary

Taos, NM: May 12th opening at Studio 107-B, North Taos Plaza

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Upcoming Exhibition at the Encore Gallery (October 8-November 11, 2018): 

The Taos Center for the Arts has announced that Dreaming the Land, an exhibit of recent work by Brian Shields and William Stewart, will show at the Encore Gallery from October 8 to November 11, 2018. 

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Lana Turner, #10 -- Journal of Poetry and Opinion (December 2017)  -- Features color plates of Odisea and Metamorphosis, as well as three ink images and a review of paintings by Calvin Bedient, Editor.

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Cataluña, 2017 has been chosen for the cover of Dutch Poetry in Translation to be published by The Enchanted Verses Literary Review (December, 2017)

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Brian Shields, Hank Saxe and Dora Dillistone discuss their work with Curator and film maker Jina Brenneman at the Philip Bareiss Gallery in Taos, New Mexico on September 24, 2017

Philip Bareiss Gallery Installation -- Brian Shields paintings with Hank Saxe sculptures

Philip Bareiss Gallery Installation -- Brian Shields paintings with Hank Saxe sculptures

 Brian shows recent paintings at the Philip Bareiss Gallery.

The critic Calvin Bedient has said of Shields’ paintings, “they give the illusion of an eternal way of seeing landscape as poetry. Shields sides with transitivity and marginality, with weeds against gardens. He has a positive, Thoreauvian feeling for wilderness.” Scale is important to Shields’ work -- from large 8ft paintings on canvas to small works on paper -- often combining oil, ink and graphite. Shields’ visual language includes the writing of the poet Sawnie Morris and is a coupling of energy and emotion in pursuit of discovery.

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Autumn, 2017 is the cover of The Enchanted Verses Literary Review, issue XXIII (August, 2017)

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Radio Interview: BrianInterview.mp3

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LANA TURNER #9 -- A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 

Paintings by Brian Shields are on the front and back covers of Lana Turner #9  -- as well as 10 black and white images on the inside.

LANA TURNER #8 -- A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 

A detail of a Brian Shields painting is on the front cover of Lana Turner #8 (LanaTurner#8_Cover ).

Lana Turner #8 also features an article by Brian entitled J.M.W. Turner, Why Now?

LANA TURNER #7 -- A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 

Excerpts from Two Artists by Calvin Bedient

The paintings of Brian Shields are, in Barthes’ word, idiorhythmic, that is to say a joy of flexible, free, mobile rhythms, quasi-transitory; they are liberated from power-rhythms, those imposed on life, time, maps, speech... In its wiry, sublimely democratic spread and delicate hoverings between real and fantastic shapes, “Los Vientos” is a new thing in art. At the same time, it is independent of this or any particular period. It gives the illusion of an eternal way of seeing landscape as poetry.

... this painter’s approach to figuration, if more forthright than that of his beloved Joan Mitchell, is nonetheless skittish, approximate, imperfect, a fantastic development of ”realism”... 

 ...Shields sides with transitivity and marginality: with weeds against gardens, mesas against towns, fluencies against frozen landscapes. He has a positive, Thoreauvian feeling for wilderness. The packed, static scene in Polar Requiem comments prophetically on environmental disaster: here the natural world has lost its rhuthmos, its “swing”; idiorhythm has been cubed and iced out of it.