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Scenes from the Passion: The Blossomiest Blossom

© the artist. Photo credit: British Council Collection

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This painting comes from an on-going series subtitled 'Scenes of the Passion' that record the places, rather than specific incidents, in Shaw's growing-up. Although they have the look of photo-realism, they have been altered through rigorous act of recall that renders them altogether different. The title of the series refers to the Stations of the Cross, and in a most literal way, the locations around the Tile Hill estate that he paints, are sites of Shaw's becoming himself, of separating himself from a place that he can neither leave not stay in. But the real subject of Shaw's paintings is the weight of memory. Working meticulously in model-makers enamel, Shaw paints from his snapshots of the places of his childhood on a council estate near Coventry in the post-industrial Midlands.

British Council Collection



Scenes from the Passion: The Blossomiest Blossom




Humbrol enamel on board


H 43 x W 53 cm

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purchased from Anthony Wilkinson Fine Art, 2001

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British Council Collection

British Council, 1 Redman Place, London, Greater London E20 1JQ England

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