George Shaw (artist)

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George Shaw
Born1966 Edit this on Wikidata
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.[2]


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.[3]

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.[4]

Shaw contributed a short story 'The Necromantic' to '13', a collection of short stories published by Soul Bay Press.[5]

Shaw is based in Ilfracombe, Devon.[1]

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  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. ^ "The Turner prize's spurning of George Shaw shows the art world is shallow". The Guardian. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  3. ^ "BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011". Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  4. ^ Cain, Matthew (5 December 2011). "Turner Prize 2011: George Shaw". Channel 4. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  5. ^ "New Writer, Outsider fiction - George Shaw".
  6. ^ "Turner Prize nominee George Shaw exhibits in home city". BBC News. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  7. ^ "George Shaw's paintings - in pictures". The Observer. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  8. ^ "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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