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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.
Humbrol enamel on board
H 43 x W 53 cm
purchased from Anthony Wilkinson Fine Art, 2001
GEORGE SHAW SCENES FROM THE PASSION THE BLOSSOMIEST BLOSSOM 2001