George Shaw is the most charming, smart, funny and straight talking death obsessive you’ll ever come across. He is also one of Britain’s most compelling contemporary artists and a wonderful mass of contradiction.
George has spent two years working underground, deep in the basement studio of the National Gallery in London, preparing work for his show My Back To Nature, which marks his tenure as the gallery’s associate artist.
Shaw is best known sparse scenes of Tile Hill, the estate near Coventry where he grew up. A series of landscapes which took twenty years to paint and which the turner prize nominee says are essentially self ­portraits. Saints of Somewhere talked to him to try and understand a bit more about the detail in those landscapes.
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