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DENNIS SHIELDS

Maker of miscellaneous objects

 

Born Liverpool, England 1947. Attended night classes at Liverpool College of Art, 1960.Left School in 1962. Emigrated to Canada 1964. In 1965 on a visit to NEW YORK city met and spent some time in the company of Andy Warhol. Taken by Shields’s long hair and unusual mode of dress (for New York at this time) Warhol asked Shields to prolong his visit in order to appear in a movie he was making. Shields, ignorant of Warhol’s status and unable to fund a longer stay declined the offer (regretting his decision at a later date). Went back to school in 1969 to obtain entry qualifications for Art College. Studied at Ontario College of Art, 1970 – 1973.During first year at College he decided to specialise in sculpture. Birks Foundation awards in years 2 & 3. Commissioned to carry out various sculptural works including work for TIME magazine, for which he received an award from the Art Directors Club of Toronto. Designed the Canadian National La-Crosse trophy 1971. Won 2nd prize at the Canadian National outdoor sculpture exhibition, 1972. Worked for and with the Canadian sculptor Leonhard Oesterle (former studio assistant to Fritz Watruba) Awarded the `Lieutenant Governor-General Of Ontario medal ‘ for proficiency in sculpture in final year at College. Returned to Britain in 1973 – attended Teacher Training College in 1975. Taught Art & Design from 1975 to 1997. Retired from teaching in 97 in order to concentrate more fully on his own work. Former member of the Glasgow Group. Married with 5 children. Lives and works in Gourock, Scotland

 

“With hardly a touch on the dial, my old friend Dennis Shields is barley a notch away from my own wavelength of my own Scul?ture Movement. It is therefore easy for me to commend his exhibition to you all.

We were both members of The Glasgow Group where annually we unloaded our eccentricities – that is before that aspect of the city’s creativity was kyboshed by the cultural city itself for whatever good- for- nothing reason- but Nancy Smillie and her N.S. Gallery to the rescue, where Dennis’s old and new surprising surprises will be there to clearly confuse us all.

Dennis Shields ensures the continuity of the whatever -it-was movement along with the lines of Meret Oppenheimer, Man Ray, Marcel Broadthaers, H. C Westerman and other art explorers. It should – but probably wont, open the eyes of the Brat Brigade who somehow always seem to think that they have been first with something that’s been there all the time. Ah yes, that’s the contrariness of undetected progress.

Dennis a Liverpudlian Celt which makes him awkwardly and aesthetically innovative. For one thing, he does not go through a lot of hogs-hair brushes, he is a great manipulator of French Loaves, Cox’s Orange Pippins. makes Straight-Jackets with Wax in their Wicks, also other things which are really unusual.

Dennis has had enough trouble concocting his concoctions so it is unfair to ask him what they are all about. I have a notion he would appreciate you getting along to the N.S Gallery so as you can explain them to him. It will not be a boring experience”

GEORGE WYLLIE, MAY, 1996

 

Collections

  • Scottish Arts Council, Lanarkshire Education Divisional Art Collection,
  • Many private collections: UK, Canada, America, Jamaica, Italy, Denmark and Switzerland.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1996 ‘Lucid Ambiguity’ N.S. GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • 1984 THIRD EYE CENTRE (Glasgow)
  • 1982 SCOTTISH SCULPTURE WORKSHOP (Lumsden)
  • 1981 COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow)

Two Person Shows

  • 2000 ‘Revealed Light-Lost-Wax’ LILLIE ART GALLERY (Milngavie)
  • 1999 ‘Revealed Light-Lost-Wax’ VENNEL GALLERY (Irvine) with Peter Nardini.
  • 1995 COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow) with Chris Biddelcombe

Mixed and Selected Exhibitions

  • 2012 Cabinet Paintings, COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow) SEAGULL GALLERY (Gourock)
  • 2009 Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada.
  • New Beginnings, GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO.
  • Art In the Square, COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • 2008 S.S.A. ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY (Edinburgh)
  • Royal Glasgow Institute of the fine arts open annual exhibition MITCHELL LIBRARY (Glasgow)
  • Glasgow Group 50th Anniversary, ROYAL GLASGOW CONCERT HALL
  • Selected members/former members, Glasgow Group, COMPASS GALLERY
  • 2007 Cabinet Paintings, COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • Winter Show, GERBER FINE ART GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • 2006 Gallery Artists, COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • 2003 ANTHONY ARMSTRONG GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • Cabinet Paintings, COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • 2002 London Art Fair
  • Cadzow Gallery, Chatelherault Lodge, MARGIN GALLERY (Hamilton)
  • Artists For Tibet (online auction for R.O.P.C.A.)
  • Cabinet Paintings, COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • 2001 Low Parks Museum, MARGIN GALLERY (Hamilton)
  • Summer Show, GERBER FINE ART GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • The Winter Collection, GERBER FINE ART GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • 2000 Glasgow Art Fair
  • 1999 London Art Fair
  • Cabinet Paintings, COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • 1998 Art in the Square,
  • R.S.A. (Edinburgh).
  • S.E.N.S.E. Scotland, GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART
  • 1997 ‘A Patch of Their Own’, Travelling Show, COMPASS GALLERY
  • 1996 Glasgow Group, KELLY GALLERY
  • ‘Brave Art’, STIRLING SMITH GALLERY & MUSEUM
  • 1994 ART EXPOSURE GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • 1993 ‘Developments’, Glasgow Group INTER-MEDIA GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • Glasgow Group PHILIPS GLASGOW LTD
  • 1990 ‘Compass Contribution’ TRAMWAY (Glasgow)
  • ‘Living with Sculpture’ C. GERBER FINE ART (Glasgow)
  • 1988 Glasgow Group MCLELLAN GALLERIES (Glasgow)
  • 1987 Glasgow Group MCLELLAN GALLERIES (Glasgow)
  • 1986 ‘Richard Demarco at Herriots’, Edinburgh Festival
  • ‘Eye of the Storm’ travelling show, STIRLING SMITH GALLERY (Stirling)
  • STIRLING SMITH GALLERY (Stirling)
  • GLASGOW ARTS CENTRE
  • MCLEAN MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
  • Yorkshire Contemporary Art Group ST. PAUL’S GALLERY (Leeds)
  • AN LANNTAIR (Stornoway)
  • LOCHGELLY CENTRE (Fife)
  • COMPASS GALLERY (Glasgow)
  • Society of Scottish Artists (RSA Edinburgh)
  • THE NEW DEMARCO GALLERY(Edinburgh)
  • Glasgow Group
  • 1985 Kunsthous (Nurembourg, Germany)
  • Smith Biennial STIRLING SMITH GALLERY (Stirling)
  • THIRD EYE CENTRE (Glasgow)
  • Glasgow Group
  • 1983 Smith Biennial STIRLING SMITH GALLERY (Stirling)
  • 1981 ‘Recent Scottish Art’, travelling show, Denmark, COMPASS GALLERY
  • ‘The young in Art’ STV GATEWAY STUDIOS
  • 1974 ‘VILLAGE GALLERY’ (Dulwich, London)
  • 1972 ‘Canadian National Exhibition’, outdoor sculpture competition CNE GROUNDS (Toronto)
  • ‘Z’ GALLERY (Toronto, Canada)
  • 1971 Gallery House Sol (Georgetown, Canada)
  • 1962 First Liverpool Arts Festival STANLEY HOUSE (Liverpool). Organised by John Gorman, Roger McGough and Adrian Henri