George Shaw: My Back to Nature

13 January – 11 March 2017

Please note that this exhibition includes a number of adult images.

This exhibition of paintings by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw comes to us from the National Gallery, London, where he spent two years as Associate Artist (2014-2016). Inspired by woodland scenes in the National Gallery’s collection, Shaw “takes on” the Masters, creating beautiful intimate scenes of woodland near suburban areas using his beloved Humbrol enamal paints.

The work in this exhibition has been inspired by various mythological woodland landscapes by artists such as Titian and Poussin. Shaw is interested in how their stories – often featuring violence, illicit sex and drunkenness – have parallels in the way that people might behave in the woods today, when they think they are unobserved. This is complemented by Shaw’s interest in Christian imagery, especially how landscape artists of the past often alluded to the Crucifixion in their depiction of trees.

To accompany the George Shaw Exhibition, we are delighted and honoured to be able to display three historic works from the National Gallery's Collection. These paintings by Piero del Pollaiuolo, Nicolas Poussin and John Constable each inspired Shaw's residency and the works he created during this period. More information here.

February Update : Check back for updates as we’ll be adding behind the scene’s snippets and specially recorded film clips on George Shaw's visit to his exhibition at Abbot Hall in Kendal.

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  • George Shaw in front of ‘Möcht' ich zurücke wieder wanken’ (close up) © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London / photo The National Gallery, London


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