Drawing Biennial 2015

Exhibition: 5 March – 30 April · Auction: 16 April 10am – 30 April 9pm


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George Shaw


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from Mark Wallinger, Artist

Year 2015
Medium Pencil on paper
Dimensions 30 x 21 cm
Bidding Open Thu 16 April, 2015 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Thu 30 April, 2015 at 9:00pm

George Shaw:

George Shaw (b. 1966, Coventry) obtained a BA in Fine Art from Sheffield Polytechnic in 1982 and an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 1998. Since then, he paints solely in Humbrol enamel paint, which makes his work unique and distinctive. His paintings are intense and recall negative artefacts. By excluding human presence as well as alluding to painting and photography, Shaw is one of the most influential painters living today and nominee for the Turner Prize 2011. His recent solo exhibitions include Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2013), The South London Gallery, London (2011), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2011), Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (2007), Poets Day, Centre d ‘Art Contemporain, Geneva (2006).  A selection of his work has been showed in major group exhibitions including Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2012),  Turner Prize 2011, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2011), The Witching Hour, curated by Matthew Collings and Matt Price, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham (2010), Lust For Life & Dance of Death, Olbricht Collection, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2010).

See George Shaw's profile in our Directory

George Shaw always contributes a drawn pencil portrait of a deceased person, often a character from a b movie or tv sitcom of the 1970 or 80s. The drawing of Jesus is Robert Powell from the TV film ‘Jesus of Nazareth’. When it came out in 1977 it was a sensation and for years the image of Powell was how the artist imagined Christ.