The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry is honoured to be showcasing 2011 Turner Prize Nominee George Shaw’s latest exhibition, “I woz ere.”
For the first time, Shaw’s paintings will be shown in the place that they represent, and the place where George himself grew up. Shaw has used Humbrol enamels to paint scenes of the Tile Hill housing estate in Coventry where he lived as a boy.
He was born in 1966, and many visitors will be able to recognise the certain areas of Tile Hill that he has painted, including specific pubs, garages, street corners, trees and shops.
Shaw has also produced a new series of watercolour landscapes of places that he has previously painted, but as they look now, which will be displayed alongside his other works. He will also be presenting his earliest sketches and works of art that he made as a child. George said, “The earliest piece is a drawing that I made in the early seventies when I was at primary school, and the latest is a self-portrait which was made in the summer before I went to art school at the Lanchester Polytechnic (now known as the Coventry University School of Art and Design), in 1985."
You can join the “George Shaw for the Turner Prize” party at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, on Monday 5th December at 6:00pm, to cheer on George Shaw, as the Turner Prize 2011 is screened live from the Baltic in Gateshead, Newcastle.
The exhibition, “I woz ere,” opens to the public on Friday 18th November 2011, and runs until Sunday 11th March 2012. Admission is FREE.
For more information, visit www.theherbert.org