George Shaw: My Back to Nature

This event was held from 11 May 2016 to 30 October 2016

11 May – 30 October 2016

Sunley Room

Admission free

George Shaw unveils the culmination of his two-year studio residency at the National Gallery

Our current Associate Artist, George Shaw, has been busy creating new work in response to the collection since autumn 2014.

A former Turner Prize-nominee, Shaw is renowned for his highly detailed approach and suburban subject matter, and for his idiosyncratic medium – Humbrol enamel paint, typically used to colour model trains and aeroplanes.

Alluding to the theme of woodland in the collection, ‘My Back to Nature’ resonates with Shaw’s own experience of walking in the forest near his home town as a teenager, with the feeling that "something out of the ordinary could happen at any time there, away from the supervision of adults".

Exhibition supported by:
The Elizabeth Cayzer Charitable Trust
Laura and Barry Townsley
Richard and Debbi Burston
Maryam and Edward Eisler
Mr & Mrs Charles Booth-Clibborn

the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation

The Associate Artist Scheme is supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation
The Sunley Room exhibition programme is supported by the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

Image above: Detail from George Shaw, 'The Living and the Dead', 2015-16 © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London