Painter, born in Coventry, Warwickshire, who graduated in fine art from Sheffield Polytechnic, 1986–9; did a postgraduate certificate there, 1991–2; and gained his master’s in painting at Royal College of Art, 1996–8. His degree show was a sell-out. Shaw obtained a Messier-Dowty Travel Award to Paris, Zürich and New York, and a Paris Studio Award, Cité Internationale des Arts, both 1997, and a TI Group Award, 1998. Group exhibitions included Interesting Painting, City Racing, 1997; New Contemporaries, Tea Factory, Liverpool, and tour, also British Council Window, Prague, Czechoslovakia, both 1998; Landgang, Fabian Walter Galerie, Basel, Switzerland, 1999; and Days Like These, Tate Britain, 2003. Shaw had a solo show at Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1992; God Only Knows, Royal College, 1998; Of Innocence: Scenes from The Passion, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, 1999; with another show there, Ash Wednesday, in 2005.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)