Dale Shutt

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Handpainted Silk ~ Acrylic on Canvas ~ Woodcut Printing on handpainted silk

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My work is inspired by imagination and my surroundings
along with literature, mythology and poetry.


Lac Vert 2008 dyes on silk 24 x 20"

Upcoming exhibition

At Galerie Old Chelsea August 26 - September 17

Vernissage August 30, 1-4 pm


Artist's Statement

For thirty years my home and studio have been on Grand Calumet Island in the Ottawa River about 90 km north-west of Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Painting with dyes on silk I create sculptures, masks, kites, wall hangings, kimonos and framed paintings. My newest works incorporate wood cut printing on hand painted silk.

As a visual artist I am lucky to have chosen painted silk as my primary medium. Silk fibre is unsurpassed in its ability to express colour and allows me the freedom to create three dimensional work as well as wall art and functional pieces.

Throughout the year I exhibit at galleries and juried exhibitions in Ontario and Quebec. Internationally I have shown my work in Nagoya, Japan; St. Petersburg, Russia and Vermont, U.S.A. Each June, I join with other artists in Pontiac County in promoting The Pontiac Artists' Studio Tour. My studio is open year round by appointment. I am interested in exploring new themes and in doing site-specific work; therefore welcoming commissions.

About Painting with dyes on silk
The basic techniques for painting with dyes on silk are relatively simple. To begin, a piece of white silk is stretched horizontally on a table frame. Lines are drawn on the silk using a resist. The resist penetrates the fabric and when dry acts as a barrier, stopping the flow of dye and defining the figure or design. Liquid dyes are then applied by brush, working quickly to combine and blend the colours before they dry. When dry, the finished painting is steamed in order to fix the dye into the fibre, making it both wash and light fast. Excess dye is then rinsed out and the silk is ready for finishing or framing. A silk painting should last as long as other mediums. As with all paintings, avoid direct sunlight and excess heat and humidity.

Contact Information
Dale Shutt
21 chemin Berry,
Ile-du-Grand-Calumet, Quebec, Canada
J0X 1J0

tel.(819) 648-2441

e-mail: dale@daleshutt.com

Map to Studio

GPS coordinates N45 46.282 W76 42.804