Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011, George Shaw (b. 1966) is one of Britain’s leading painters, best known for his painstakingly detailed, luminous, and often elegiac representations of the contemporary British suburban landscape. Beautifully designed and generously illustrated, this book is the first to explore the entirety of Shaw’s artistic output. Beginning with his work at the Royal College of Art in the 1990s and ending with his most recent paintings, this volume places Shaw’s work in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from the traditions of English landscape painting to the repercussions of Brexit. An introductory essay and a comprehensive series of catalogue texts by Mark Hallett are accompanied by essays on the artist’s work by Catherine Lampert, David Alan Mellor, Eugenie Shinkle, and Thomas Crow. An interview between Shaw and Jeremy Deller offers a series of lively insights into the artist’s practice, while an illustrated chronology provides a detailed record of his career.
Mark Hallett is Director of Studies at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London; Catherine Lampert is an independent art historian and curator; David Alan Mellor is Professor of History of Art at the University of Sussex; Eugenie Shinkle is Reader in Photography at the University of Westminster, London; Thomas Crow is the Rosalie Solow Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Jeremy Deller is an artist; Alexandra Burston acted as a research assistant for this publication.