Arthur Shilstone: A Lifetime of Drawing & Painting

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Arthur Shilstone, A Lifetime of Drawing and Painting reviews the career of one of America s best-known and most highly regarded sporting artists. Shilstone came of age following the second World War and continues to paint in his Connecticut studio today. The book features more than 150 images of sporting art, including hunting and fly fishing, as well as examples of the artist s earlier formative work as a professional magazine illustrator, and, before that, illustrations created during his war service in Europe. Shilstone served with The Ghost Army, the U.S. Army 23rd Headquarters Special Troops deployed on the front lines in Europe to support the Allied defense against Germany. The pen and ink of the early years shows off the skill that would eventually lead Shilstone to the wonderful play of light and color he continues to deploy in his highly praised sporting art. Painting by Arthur Shilstone Text by Fred Polhemus Hardcover, full color, 160 pages

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About the Artist Arthur Shilstone still paints in the Connecticut barn he converted into a studio more than fifty years ago. After World War II, Shilstone made a successful career in New York as a magazine illustrator. He d grown up there and had attended Pratt Institute. But the old barn and the fields around it bordered by forest appealed to the Shilstones, so they moved to rural Connecticut. Moving to the country provided the opportunity for Shilstone to hunt and fish as he had done growing up. The transition also influenced his ideas for paintings. He began to use hunting and fishing settings, especially when they included one of the Shilstone sons, as the subject for paintings. As friends saw this work by Shilstone, it sparked new interest and word about his paintings spread. The magazine illustration began to decline and was replaced by paintings of sporting art that were selling in galleries around the United States. It was clear that Shilstone enjoyed this new milieu. Even more important, enthusiasts of sporting art began seeking out his work. The enthusiasm for Shilstone s paintings has continued unabated ever since. As he transformed the old barn into an artist s studio, Shilstone installed a huge window in the north wall. The light from that window has illuminated countless works of art created by Arthur Shilstone. This book brings together a wide range of those paintings. After fifty years they continue to look as fresh and engaging as they did in the even, north light of the artist s studio.

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