George Shaw

George Shaw

Live Auction Lot

George Shaw has generously donated The Painter on the Road in the Summer to raise money for Women for Women International at the She Inspires Art Live Auction.

The Painter on the Road in the Summer, 2015
Humbrol enamel on board
43 x 53 x 5 cm
WG/GSHA00733

This piece is now available to view at Pace Gallery London (by appointment). Please call the gallery on 020 3206 7600 to arrange a viewing.

George Shaw (b. 1966 in Coventry) grew up in Tile Hill, a post-war housing estate on the south side of Coventry, where his parents still live. Shaw now lives and works in North Devon. He decided to be an artist while he was still at school, but became disillusioned during his BA in Fine Art at Sheffield Polytechnic (1986-9) and abandoned art for a few years. He returned to it in 1996, completing an MA at the Royal College of Art in London 1998.

Shaw’s previous exhibitions have included 'What I did this Summer', 2003-2004, 'Woodsman', 2009 and most recently, 'The Sly and Unseen Day’ at the Baltic 2011, 'Neither My Arse Nor My Elbow', 2013 at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Shaw was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011 and is the ninth Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist at The National Gallery, London.


Image courtesy of Azadeh Ghotbi 

Shaw’s work is in many private collections across the world and in the following museum & public collections: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, British Council, Cincinnati Art Museum, USA, University of Warwick Middlesborough Art Gallery, Olbricht Collection, Essen, Germany, Southampton City Art Gallery and Tate Collection. Shaw will have a solo exhibition at National Gallery in London in May 2016.

George Shaw is known for his highly detailed painting of suburban subject matter using his favoured medium which is Humbrol enamel paints, more usually used by kids to paint model trains and aeroplanes. This gives his work a flawless appearance. His unique paintings and charcoal drawings take an investigative journey, typically making something out of nothing, as beauty is found in the mundane.  

Shaw’s work has seen him looking back over the scenes of his childhood and adolescence, painting them time and again as he remembers them, and looking again at those familiar places as they pass into unfamiliarity. He suspects things are being taken from him and the work is gloomily shadowed by the anxiety of himself being taken; a pub vanishes overnight, a library is boarded up, garages are flattened.


Image courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery (example of similar work by the artist and not the actual auction lot piece)

In several series Shaw returns to the woods he played in as a child. These woods were there long before any of the houses and their inhabitants, but here too we see signs of the violence of time passing; some trees have fallen over in the wind or simply of old age, others have been cut down by unseen hands, paths are blocked and new clearings have appeared.  

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You can view and bid on Painter on the Road in Summer on Artsy until 15 September. 

Please contact Nicola Casey on ncasey@womenforwomen.org for further details.

All images courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery