George Shaw

February 14, 2011


I’d never heard of the painter George Shaw before reading an interview in yesterday’s Observer George Shaw interview but i like what i’ve seen (there’s a few more if you Google images his name). Most of his work is based on where he grew up in Coventry; a mundane, everyday place very much like Doncaster. Both are places of cul-de-sacs, lock up garages, semi-detached houses and bungalows – and not much else. That’s one of the reasons it draws me in; but i’ve never been sure of the idea that art should try to reflect the audience’s own experience to make it more credible (or else people would have to jettison 99.9% of what’s out there). But this definitely appeals partly, i’m sure, because it reminds me very much of places that stick in my mind from growing up. It’s rare to see paintings of places like these, but they must represent so much of England.

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