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Scenes from the Passion: The Swing

© the artist. Photo credit: University of Warwick

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For this and other works in the 'Scenes of the Passion' series, Shaw walked within a half-mile radius of his childhood home taking hundreds of photographs. Of these photographs he selected one from around every 36 to transform into a painting. Using Humbrol enamel paint usually used for painting model kits, he painstakingly builds up the image layer by layer. The reflective quality of the paint also provides difficulties for Shaw, he often works whilst wearing a balaclava covering his head and nose to stop his own reflection interfering with the production of the image.

University of Warwick





Humbrol enamel on wood


H 77 x W 101 cm

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purchased from the Wilkinson Gallery, through the Contemporary Art Society's Special Collection Scheme, with Lottery funding from the Arts Council England, 2004

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University of Warwick

Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL England

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