Birds and a Star
Oil on Linen
40 x 30 inches
Signed Lower Left
Leslie Shiels grew up in Cincinnati and has been painting for most of her life. She received her training from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. She earned a BFA from the University in 1974. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her work has become a part of numerous corporate and private collections, most of which are located in Cincinnati. Art critics have described her paintings as lush, powerful, and skillful works of art. She has used her painting as a vehicle to solve problems as they relate to life experiences. She has traveled and painted in many locations, some of her favorite spots being France, Colorado, and Connecticut. The artist currently resides in Indian Hill with her husband Buck and works out of her studio on Findlay St. in downtown Cincinnati.
2014 “Dizygotic”, Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN2013 Hilton Head Biennial, Hilton Head, S.C. 2012 Ohio Annual, Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, Ohio; Morehead State Univ.,‘Family Portrait’ Claypool Young Gallery, Morehead,KY; Birds in Art 2012, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau,Wisconsin; Customs House Museum, National Juried Exh. , Clarksville, Tennesse; Butler Institute of American Art76th Mid-Year Exh, Youngstown,Ohio2011 Zanesville Museum of Art, Ohio Annual, Zanesville,Ohio ; “Fresh Ohio”, Bowling Green State University, Ohio; Butler Institute of American Art, Mid-Year Exh. Youngstown, Ohio ; Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery, "Portraits in Ohio", Columbus, Ohio2010 Ft Wayne Museum of Art: Contemporary Realism, Ft.Wayne, Indiana; Zanesville Museum Biennial, Zanesville Ohio2010; “Birds in Art” , Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin; Texas National. Austin State Univ., Nacogdoches, Texas 2009 Art from the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center Biennial, Indiana; Leslie Shiels: BirdHeads, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Covington Kentucky; “Birds in Art”, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin; Chautauqua National Exh., VACI of the Chautauqua Institute, New York; 46th Annual Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana; Halpert Biennial, Appalachian State Univ. Turchin Arts Center, Boone, N.C. 2008 September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana; VACI National Exhibition, Strohl Arts Center, Chautauqua Institution, New York; Butler Institute of American Art, Mid-Year Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio; Harrisburg Art Assoc. International Juried Exh., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles Fine Arts Show, Los Angeles California2007 “Intercessions” Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio; Exhibition 280 Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia; “A” is for Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio2006 Images 2006 Robeson Gallery, Penn. State University, College Park, Pennsylvania; “Leslie Shiels” Harcum Gallery, BoydArts Center, Wilmington College, Ohio2005/06 “Leslie Shiels-Cultural Connections” Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio2005 “Shiels-Paintings of Bermuda”, Masterworks Museum, Hamilton, Bermuda; “DaVinci Reinterpreted” Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio; “Leslie Shiels”, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, Ohio2004 OH+5 , The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio; “Shiels: Guardians”, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 2003 "Shiels: Recent Paintings” Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio2002 28th Juried Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania; 29th Juried Annual, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana; “Guardians Against Ignorance” Aronoff Center Weston Art Gallery, Cinti, Ohio2001 65th Mid-Year Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio2000 “Show of Chance” Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio.