Twelve Short Walks by George Shaw

The subjects for this portfolio of etchings were drawn from the artist’s stock of photographs of the Tile Hill estate where he grew up.


Dust-grain gravure, printed on 270gsm Magnani Handmade Ivory wove paper, in purpose-made buckram-covered solander box
21.2 x 29.7 cm (plate/image); 41 x 49.5 cm (paper sheet)
Art Fund grant:
£3,000 ( Total: £6,000)
Acquired in:
Contemporary Editions Ltd

As in all of Shaw’s work, there are no people visible and there is a strong sense of being on the edge of something unexplained. The ‘walks’ (a path leads into each print) invite the assumption that the artist, or the viewer, is the main character of a story or journey that might proceed by walking into the view, turning a corner, and continuing in the next print. There is a feeling of something hidden. Shaw thinks that the uncanny mood and sense of anxiety in the prints emanates from the unknown: ‘You don’t know what’s in the bushes, you don’t know what is round the corner…. I fear death considerably and I fear the ending of things, so I am anxious about things coming to an end... I am very clear in a lot of the images to always paint ways out.’ This acquisition continues the Fitzwilliam Museum’s policy of representing contemporary British art by collecting the best of British printmaking, particularly in the form of print portfolios.


The Paragon Press.

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