The Holburne is the only European venue for a major retrospective of the work of George Shaw, one of Britain’s leading contemporary painters.
The exhibition, which originated at the Yale Center for British Art in the USA, will feature about 20 paintings and 50 drawings spanning Shaw’s career from 1996 to the present, including several new works never seen in the UK.
The former Turner Prize nominee and National Gallery Artist-in-Residence focuses his work on the Tile Hill estate, a post-war development on the outskirts of Coventry where he grew up and the ancient woods surrounding it. Steeped in modern and historic fine art traditions, Shaw’s work alludes to 20th-century painting and photography, and the legacy of such European masters as Titian and Poussin.
Rather than using traditional oil or acrylic paints, Shaw prefers the thick, quick-drying enamel paint used by model airplane and car enthusiasts, creating a hyper-realistic effect.