“I believe the most sacred bundle of all is the little girl and little boy that lives inside of us. So the healing begins, the brushes begin to move, eyes begin to open, the fire is rekindled, the old self dies, and the new arises. Heal the child within, and life becomes sacred. Living begins to mean something again.”
Artist Category
First Nations & Spiritual
Paul Shilling

Inspired by acclaimed aboriginal artist and older brother Arthur Shilling, Paul studied art at Georgian College but is primarily self-taught and informed through his life experience.

In his work, Paul feels the need to shed the self-image that was taught to him as a child. This idea of continual redefinition, questioning and searching, keeps Paul’s work alive. His work speaks of seeking to shed the old self and invite in the new and ever-changing self. As he expresses himself, he heals old wounds, leaving the inner voice and the inner eye clear and open for the energy of the image to move through him from “the great house of invention”.


“Ancient Wisdom” was first painting the Wellington Gallery ever purchased from Paul Shilling and it was the feature painting during a show for the artist in 2010. It was stored by the Gallery and just now being offered for sale.

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