Born in 1977, Bewabon Shilling is the eldest son of the late Ojibway artist Arthur Shilling. His paintings are inspired by his surroundings, and his subject matter consists mainly of his environment and its local inhabitants. Painting on the shores of Lake Couchiching, Shilling is engrossed by the ever-changing seasons and inspired by the people that come and go in his life. His latest series consists of non-representational paintings based on the Black River that runs near his property in Rama, Ontario and oil sketches of Lake Couchiching.
Bewabon enrolled in a one year Graphic Design program before attending the Ontario College of Art and Design in the field of drawing and painting. In 1999 through OCAD, he was accepted to take part in the Florence, Italy off-campus studies program. Shilling graduated from OCAD in 2001 being awarded both the Norman Jewison Award and the Rose of Cedarvale Scholarship. Since then Bewabon has exhibited both locally at Roberts Gallery in Toronto, and throughout North America and Europe including Santa Fe and London, England. In 2011 Bewabon was chosen to exhibit a painting through the Art Dealers Association of Canada at the Armory Show in New York City. Shilling is also represented by the Collectors Gallery in Calgary, and the Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon.
Shilling studied graphic design at George Brown College, followed by studies in fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is a recipient of the Norman & Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation award, as well as The Rose of Cedardale Scholarship. His work has been featured at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, as well as the Gary Farmer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is represented by Roberts Gallery in Toronto.