George Shaw was born in 1966 in Coventry, UK.
He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art at the Sheffield Polytechnic in 1989, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 1992. Six years later, he successfully graduated with a Masters degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London.
George Shaw paints the outskirts and woods he grew up in with passion and fastidious realism. His paintings seemingly freeze a dramatic moment in time – whether it has just passed, is about to happen, or is happening right now. Any human presence is only declared by some litter, a tramping of leaves, or a row of garage units worn down by time. His paintings of the village Tile Hill are so accurate that they can be recognised via Google Earth.
Just as remarkable is George Shaw's favoured medium, Humbrol enamel paints. Normally used to paint model trains and aeroplanes, the thin liquid is very difficult to manipulate but gives his paintings an almost photographic appearance. As enamel has no historic associations, using it as paint distances George Shaw from being a mere landscape painter, while simultaneously joining and modernising a great tradition.
George Shaw's work is part of several major collections, including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham; British Council, National Museum of Wales, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, Olbricht Collection, Essen, and the Tate Collection, London. In 2016, George Shaw finished his two year residency at the National Gallery, London, with his acclaimed exhibition My Back To Nature.
George Shaw lives and works in Devon, UK.
- Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, US
- Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
- The Collection, Lincoln, UK
- The Lost of England, MARUANI MERCIER, Brussels, Belgium
- De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, UK
- Abott Hall Art Gallery, Kendall, UK
- My Back To Nature, National Gallery, London, UK
- Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist at the National Gallery, 2014
- Turner Prize, nominee, 2011
- John Moores 21, prizewinner, 1999
- TI Group Award, 1998
- Messier-Dowty Travel Award to Paris, Zurich and New York, 1997
- Paris Studio Award, Cité Internationael Des Arts, 1997
- Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
- British Airways
- British Council
- Art Council Collection
- National Museum of Wales
- Cincinnati Art Museum, USA
- Deutsche Bank
- Government Art Collection
- Mead Gallery, University of Warwick
- Middlesborough Art Gallery
- Olbricht Collection
- Simmons & Simmons
- Southampton City Art Gallery
- Tate Collection
- Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum