George Shaw - Herbert Gallery

For the past 15 years, 2011 Turner Prize nominee George Shaw has been making paintings of the Tile Hill housing estate where he grew up. Using Humbrol enamels, which are normally more associated with boyhood model-making, Shaw began creating these nostalgic works after he left home and moved away. Over time, the paintings became a kind of ‘I woz ere’ written in retrospect. Meticulously painted houses, pubs, underpasses and parks become autobiographical notes, frozen in time. Conflating memory and present day reality, Shaw’s works have an unsettling resonance, alluding to a murkier side of contemporary society and collective subconscious. For the first time, this collection of paintings will be displayed in Coventry, the place they represent. Displayed alongside these landscapes is a new series of watercolours of previously painted places as they exist here and now. The exhibition will also include works of art he made as a child from the early 1970s to the summer before he went to art school in 1985.

John Jones were pleased to work closely with George on the framing for the watercolours in this fantastic collection. These delicate works on paper have been mounted onto 100% pure cotton mount boards, and fixed into place using the museum quality paper tabs. Solid maple wood frames have been stained with a deep, grey finish, working to enhance the mood and unsettling resonance of the images.

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George Shaw - Herbert Gallery
George Shaw - Herbert Gallery
George Shaw - Herbert Gallery


The Herbert Gallery, Jordan Well, Coventry,CV1 5QP


Scenes from the passion, Bus Stop at the Top, George Shaw, 2003, Courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery, London
Scenes from the passion, The New Star, George Shaw, 2002, Courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery, London
The more deceived, George Shaw, 2006, Courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery, London

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