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 Wed 26 April, 2017 at 9:00pm

George Shaw:

George Shaw (b. 1966, Coventry). Studied BA Fine Art at Sheffield Polytechnic, UK (1982); and MA Painting, The Royal College of Art, London, UK (1998). For the last twenty years he has been making paintings of the landscape of his childhood and adolescence using Humbrol enamel paint. Shaw is one of the most influential painters living today and was nominated for the Turner Prize 2011. In 2014 he became the ninth Associate Artist at the National Gallery. Select solo exhibitions include My Back to Nature, The National Gallery, London, UK (2016); Neither My Arse Nor My Elbow, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, IR (2013); The Sly and Unseen Day, The South London Gallery, London UK (2013); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2011); I Woz Ere, The Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry (2011); Looking for Baz, Shaz, Gaz and Daz, VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland (2010); Poets Day, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (2007); and Centre d ‘Art Contemporain, Geneva (2006). Select group exhibitions include REALITY, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich (2014); Out of Britain, National Museum of Bucharest (2013); Nothing Like Something Happens Anywhere, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff (2011); British Art Show 7, Nottingham, London, Glasgow, Plymouth (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.