Bewabon Shilling

Born in 1977 Orillia, Ontario

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About the Artist

Born in 1977, Bewabon Shilling is the eldest son of the late Ojibway artist Arthur Shilling. His paintings are inspired by his surroundings, and his subject matter consists mainly of his environment and its local inhabitants. Painting on the shores of Lake Couchiching, Shilling is engrossed by the ever-changing seasons and inspired by the people that come and go in his life. His latest series consists of non-representational paintings based on the Black River that runs near his property in Rama, Ontario and oil sketches of Lake Couchiching. In 2022, two paintings were purchased by Global Affairs Canada Visual Art Collection, read about it here.

Bewabon enrolled in a one year Graphic Design program before attending the Ontario College of Art and Design in the field of drawing and painting. In 1999 through OCAD, he was accepted to take part in the Florence, Italy off-campus studies program. Shilling graduated from OCAD in 2001 being awarded both the Norman Jewison Award and the Rose of Cedarvale Scholarship. Since then Bewabon has exhibited both locally at Roberts Gallery in Toronto, and throughout North America and Europe including Santa Fe and London, England. In 2011 Bewabon was chosen to exhibit a painting through the Art Dealers Association of Canada at the Armory Show in New York City. Shilling is also represented by the Collectors Gallery in Calgary, and the Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon.

Shilling studied graphic design at George Brown College, followed by studies in fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is a recipient of the Norman & Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation award, as well as The Rose of Cedardale Scholarship. His work has been featured at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, as well as the Gary Farmer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Studied at

Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, 1998-2001
Off Campus Studies, Florence, Italy, OCAD, 1999-2000
Graphic Design at George Brown College, 1997


Selected, NYC Armory Show, 2011
The Rose of Cedarvale Scholarship, 2000
Norman & Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation Scholarship, 2000

Solo Exhibitions

2004 & 2008 - Kensington Fine Art, Calgary, AB
2000 - 2005 - Muskoka Gateway Gallery, Gravenhurst
2003 - present, Roberts Gallery, Toronto

Group Exhibitions

2022 - present, Art Toronto, Roberts Gallery, Toronto
2003 - present, Annual Artists Choice Exhibition, Roberts Gallery, Toronto
2007 - Gary Farmer Gallery, with Travis Shilling, Santa Fe
2007 - Orillia Museum of Art and History
2005 - In Name Only, the Paintings of Bewabon & Travis Shilling, MacLaren Art Centre Barrie
2002 - Four New Artists, Roberts Gallery
2001 - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto
2001 - Sigracieciao II, Veni Vidi Gallery, Port Perry, Ontario
2001 - The Graduates, OCAD, Toronto
2001 - Red Millenium, OCAD Atrium Gallery, Toronto
2001 - A Love Story: Members Show, Mercer Union, Toronto
2000 - Corriere della Cultura, OCAD Studio, Florence Italy
2000 - Faciebat, Shilling Gallery, Rama
2000 - Sigracieciao, OCAD Atrium Gallery, Toronto
2000 - PowWow: Annual Sky Dome Gathering, Toronto
1999 - Indian Crossroads, OCAD Atrium Gallery, Toronto
1999 - Atmosphere, Shilling Gallery, Rama
1999 - Made in Canada, OCAD Studio, Florence Italy
1999 - Faciebat, OCAD Studio, Florence Italy
1999 - Webpuccino, Webpuccino Gallery, Florence Italy