George Shaw (artist)

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George Shaw
Born1966 Edit this on Wikidata (age 56)
Coventry Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater
OccupationPainter, visual artist Edit this on Wikidata

George Thomas Shaw (born 1966 in Coventry)[1] is an English contemporary artist who is noted for his suburban subject matter. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011.[citation needed]


Shaw first attracted attention for painting the estate where he grew up in the 1970s, in the Tile Hill suburb of Coventry.[1] Shaw studied art at Sheffield Polytechnic and received a BA in 1989.[1] In 1998, he completed an MA in painting from London's Royal College of Art.[2]

Shaw is noted for his highly detailed naturalistic approach and English suburban subject matter. His favoured medium is Humbrol enamel paints, which are more commonly used to paint Airfix models.[1]

He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2011 for The Sly and Unseen Day.[3]

Shaw contributed a short story 'The Necromantic' to '13', a collection of short stories published by Soul Bay Press.[4]

Shaw is based in Ilfracombe, Devon.[1]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2016 "My Back to Nature", National Gallery, London.
  • 2011 "George Shaw: I woz ere," Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.[5]
  • 2011 "The Sly and Unseen Day," BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.[1][6]
  • 2010 "Looking for Baz, Shaz, Gaz and Daz," VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland.
  • 2009 "Woodsman," Wilkinson Gallery, London.
  • 2008 "The End of the World," Galerie Hussenot, Paris.
  • 2007 "Poets Day," Kunstverein Freiburg, Breisgau, Germany.
  • 2007 "A Day for a small Poet," Clough Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis.
  • 2006 "Poets Day," Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva.
  • 2005 "Ash Wednesday," Wilkinson Gallery, London.
  • 2004 What I Did This Summer, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee.
  • 2003 What I Did This Summer, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham[7] and Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance.
  • 2001 The New Life, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London.
  • 2000 Morrissey vs Francis Bacon, Nunnery Gallery, London.
  • 1999 Of Innocence: Scenes From the Passion, Antony Wilkinson Gallery, London.
  • 1998 God Only Knows, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.


  1. ^ a b c d e f O'Hagan, Sean (13 February 2011). "George Shaw: 'Sometimes I look at my work and its conservatism shocks me'". The Observer. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  2. ^ "BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011". Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  3. ^ Cain, Matthew (5 December 2011). "Turner Prize 2011: George Shaw". Channel 4. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  4. ^ "New Writer, Outsider fiction - George Shaw".
  5. ^ "Turner Prize nominee George Shaw exhibits in home city". BBC News. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  6. ^ "George Shaw's paintings - in pictures". The Observer. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  7. ^ "George Shaw: What I did this Summer". Past Programme. IKON Gallery. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013.

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