SHAW, George


George Shaw was born in Coventry in 1966 and, from an early age, knew that he wanted to be a painter. He was shortlisted for the 2011 Turner Prize award and so has recently exhibited in Baltic, Gateshead.

At art school, George Shaw specialised in video art, but later moved on from this. Having gained an MA from the Royal College of Art in 1998, he worked for several years as a teacher, and then returned to painting in his thirties. He has worked within a wide range of media, including drawing, video-making, performance and writing.

In 1996, George started to paint his now renowned scenes of Tile Hill in Coventry, his childhood home. Most of his scenes feature every day, suburban life and neglected buildings and lanes. They capture the atmosphere and detail of recent and contemporary English life unflinchingly, with their rich texture and detail.

This work is very widely held in public and private collections internationally, including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; the Tate and Deutsche Bank. Exhibitions ofhis work have taken place at Galerie Hussenot, Paris; Kunstverein Freiburg, Breisgau, Germany; Clough Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, USA and the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva. George is currently living in Ilfracombe.