Approved: 16.08.2006

Tim Shaw RA

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Tim Shaw is one of the great storytellers of British art. No one takes on the contradictions of representation through making in a post-industrial age in quite the way he does. Shaw ploughs a wilfully solitary, contradictory furrow.

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Biography

Tim Shaw is one of the great storytellers of British art. No one takes on the contradictions of representation through making in a post-industrial age in quite the way he does. Shaw ploughs a wilfully solitary, contradictory furrow.

Schooled in heavy metal casting, part of the British tradition of monumental sculpture going back centuries, he attacks materials and subjects in a way that feels totally contemporary, creating environments which include sound, light and FX, drawing on rave culture. The tension between tradition and nowness, between solidity and nightmarish breakdown, is an organic part of this artist's worldview, whether he's looking at the atrocities of Abu Ghraib or the sense of primal ritual latent in the landscape surrounding his studio in the remote west of England.

Shaw's work is often political in nature as well as being both mythical and metaphysical. Connecting these elements is a sense that the work relates to both ancient and modern humanity. He works across a range of different mediums and scale, creating single free-standing forms, as well as large-scale, multi-sensory installations.

Mark Hudson

CV & Education

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014  Black Smoke Rising, touring exhibition - Mac Birmingham and Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Minotaur unveiling at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

2013  Awaken From the Dream of Reality, Millennium, St Ives

2012  Parliament, Jam Records, Falmouth

Why bother with the truth when the myth is more important, Riflemaker, London

2011­   The Origins of the Drummer, Millennium Gallery, St Ives

2008   Casting a Dark Democracy, Kenneth Armitage Foundation, London

Future History, Goldfish Fine Art, Penzance

2006   No Title, Goldfish Fine Art, Penzance

2005   Truro Cathedral, Truro, Cornwall

2000   Broomhill Art Hotel, Broomhill, Devon

1999   Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall

1997   Duncan Campbell, London

1995  Duncan Campbell, London

Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall

1992  Albemarle Gallery, London

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2012 – The Green Man, Antony Estate, Torpoint

2011 - The Drummer, Cornwall Council, Lemon Quay, Truro

2008 - The Minotaur, The Royal Opera House, London

2004 - The Rites of Dionysus, Eden Project, Cornwall

 

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014   Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Out of Our Heads, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Reflections of War, Flowers East, London

Shock and Awe, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Art14, London

2013   Limbo, The Old Coffin Factory, Truro

Dark Rooms, Old School Helston, Cornwall

2012   Launch Exhibition, Threadneedle Space, London

PiH Contemporaries Auction, Bonhams, London

Sculptors' Drawings, Pangolin Gallery, London

The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London

2011  The Exquisite Trove, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London

2010   Material Worlds, F.E. McWilliams Gallery, Ireland

The House of Fairytales, Millennium Gallery, Cornwall

2009   In The Mix, Pangolin Gallery, London

Volta, Art Basel, Riflemaker Gallery

2008   London Art Fair, Islington, London

Mixed / No Theme, Goldfish Fine Art, Penzance

Spring Exhibition, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate

Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2007  Art Now Cornwall?, Goldfish Fine Art, Penzance

London Art Fair, Islington, London

Margins, Sherborne House Open 07, Sherborne, Dorset

Move, Goldfish Fine Art at Vyner Street, London

Politics Pays Back, Kowalsky Gallery @ DACS, London

Stuff Art, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2006   Draws On – Painters vs. Sculptors, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall

London Art Fair, Islington, London

Spontaneous Combustion, Newlyn Society of Artists Summer Show, Goldfish Fine Art

Spring Show, Goldfish Fine Art, Penzance

Visiting Picasso, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall

2005   Winter Show, Newlyn Society of Artists, Cornwall

Christmas Show, Goldfish Fine Art, Penzance

Critic’s Choice, Newlyn Society of Artists, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro

London Art Fair, Islington, London

Mixed Show, Byard Art, Cambridge

Mixed Show, Mullan Gallery, Belfast

Newlyn Society of Artists Easter Show, Thompsons Gallery, London

Royal Ulster Academy, Ulster Museum, Ulster