Turner Prize finalist George Shaw

Today the Tate announces the winner of the Turner Prize, so let’s take a look at a video interview of finalist George Shaw, one of the few painters nominated for the award in it’s 25+ year history. Shaw talks about his landscape paintings, which depict the Coventry council estate where he grew up. The other nominees for the award are Karla Black, Martin Boyce, and Hilary Lloyd, but Boyce, who makes sculptural installations that reference urban environments and Modernism, is the bookmakers’ favorite. The winner will receive 25,000 pounds and a huge career boost.  Click here to see a slideshow of Shaw’s paintings.

 George Shaw (British, b. 1966), pictured in his studio in Ilfracombe, North Devon. Photograph: Jim Wileman 
Geroge Shaw, Tryst at a Recent Earthwork, 2011, Humbrol enamel on board (147.5 � 198 � 5 cm). Image courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery.


UPDATE: As predicted, MARTIN BOYCE won the 2011 Turner Prize.


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  1. His comments about his mom and professor being able to have a conversation about the work without condescending are nice to hear.

  2. Have you seen that George Shaw is exhibiting at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry? The exhibition's brilliant (even if I am a little biased). It has his humbrol works along side his watercolours, and even shows off his juvenilia from before he went to Art School.

    For more info visit http://www.theherbert.org

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