George Shaw: St Swithin’s Day

Here’s another new painting from George Shaw’s imminent retrospective – A Corner Of A foreign Field – opening next month at the Yale Centre for British Art in Connecticut, USA. It’s a painting I first saw a study for several years ago, so it’s interesting that for the several new works he’s created for the exhibition he’s revisiting subjects that never got the full treatment first time around. This is an almost ‘prefect’ example of George’s ‘ouevre’, being a painting of a place that for most people does not deserve to be painted. There’s “nothing there”, but for me that’s entirely the point, and the more attention to detail he’s brought to the painting, the more power it gains. The rush of memories this painting bring on is quite overwhelming, which is curious seeing as I’ve never been to this place, but it looks like so many other places I used to know that the sensation of having been there is palpable.

Billy Bragg – St Swithin’s Day


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