Tony Shiels was
born in Salford, Manchester in 1938, he now lives in Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Shiels studied in Blackpool, then London and Paris, before moving to St.
Ives in 1958, aged 20. He lived there with his young family until 1964.
During this key period and location for the development of late Modernism
Shiels soon established himself with fellow artists Lanyon, Frost, Hilton
and poet W S Graham, as part of the Gurnards Head gang. As one of the
youngest and most creative artists working alongside the ‘middle
generation’. Shiels fusion of landscape, or seascape, with abstraction and
figuration not only place him in the St. Ives tradition but also see him as
a part of a much larger debate about the figure in modernism.
Since 1964 Shiels
spent much of his life either in Cornwall or the West of Ireland, where he
now lives, maintaining a tradition, like Breon O’Casey and Tony O’Malley of
the Celtic link between Eire and Cornwall. Still a prolific artist and half
a century since he first lived in St. Ives, he has just celebrated is 70th
Mixed Media, 4 x 7½ inches, £ 375