This exhibition has now closed, find out what else is going on at Southampton City Art Gallery

Artist George Shaw presents over 50 paintings and drawings inspired by a two-year residency at the National Gallery.

With unrestricted access to the gallery and its collection, Shaw was inspired to create new works that offer a contemporary response to the mythological landscapes painted by masters such as Titian, Poussin and Constable.

Shaw is interested in how the stories in these paintings – often featuring violence, illicit sex and drunkenness – have parallels in the way that people might behave in the woods today, when they think they are unobserved. This is complemented by Shaw’s interest in Christian imagery, especially how landscape artists of the past often alluded to the Crucifixion in their depiction of trees.

Shown alongside the works by Shaw will be two paintings from the National Gallery’s Collection which served as inspiration during the residency.

Free to all

10% off in shop

Valid to 31 December 2020

Haven't got your pass yet? Learn more

Exhibitions and events at Southampton City Art Gallery

Related exhibitions

Back to top