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George Shaw Becomes New Associate Artist of The National Gallery

George Shaw Becomes New Associate Artist of The National Gallery

The National Gallery is pleased to announce that George Shaw has become its ninth Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist.

Shaw, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011, is known for his highly detailed approach and suburban subject matter. His favoured medium is Humbrol enamel paints, more usually used to paint model trains and aeroplanes. This gives his work a unique appearance.

Born in Coventry in 1966, Shaw studied at Sheffield Polytechnic and Royal College of Art, London. Shaw's previous exhibitions have included What I did this Summer, 2003-2004, Woodsman 2009 and most recently,Neither My Arse Nor My Elbow, 2013 at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.


Shaw remembers visiting the National Gallery in his youth, arriving early so that other visitors would not dilute the experience. Armed with a sketchbook he would sometimes stop and doodle in front of a work in the collection.

On accepting the National Gallery's invitation, Shaw said, 'When I was offered the chance to be the Associate Artist at the National Gallery I couldn't believe my luck. I first thought how excited I would have been as a teenager to have been given the chance - and how I probably would have wasted it anyway! I still have my Thames and Hudson book on the National Gallery (345 illustrations 75 in colour!) that my mum gave me for a birthday present in the early eighties.'

'As a painter you cannot escape the bullying hands and eyes of the great painters. Titian is not a teacher in the way that other painters can be but a mirror in which your own cowardice, hesitation and embarrassment are reflected back. You can't learn anything from him and yet I always feel I'm on the edge of knowing just a little more. The Death of Actaeon has hypnotized me since I was a teenager.'
Shaw will be making new work that responds to an aspect of the collection, based in a studio in the Gallery. The completed work will be exhibited in mid-2016.


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