Thursday, October 20, 2011

George Shaw takes hobby paints to a new level

Painter George Shaw is up for the 2011 Turner prize. The fact that he uses his boyhood enamel paints from the hobby store only lends more charm to these works. It seems difficult to paint compelling landscapes with those paints, but he manages to do so with great skill. His mysterious paintings of abandoned places trigger our memories of times gone by. (Two excellent examples of paintings by George Shaw shown above.)
Here's a video of George giving a tour of his exhibition Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.  A short interview in Timeout with George Shaw .

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