BIOGRAPHY

Tim Shaw RA was born in Belfast in 1964 and currently lives in Cornwall.

Shaw works across a range of different mediums, he produces both single entities and all encompassing, multi-sensory installations that utilise sight, sound and smell.

He has undertaken a number of public commissions including The Rites of Dionysos for the Eden Project, The Minotaur for The Royal Opera House and The Drummer in Truro City Centre. A more political side to his work became evident in a number of sculptures responding to issues such as terrorism and the war in Iraq such as Tank on Fire, awarded the selectors’ choice Threadneedle prize in 2008, and the installation Casting a Dark Democracy, which Jackie Wullschlager of Financial Times stated was ‘The most politically charged yet poetically resonant new work on show in London’.

Shaw has been supported by The Delfina Studio Trust, The British School of Athens and The Kenneth Armitage Foundation through residencies in Greece Spain and a Fellowship in London.

He has been elected as an Academician at the Royal Academy in 2013.


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EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

1985 – 89
Falmouth College of Art – BA Hons Fine Art, First Class

1984 – 85
Manchester Polytechnic – Art Foundation


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
Awaken from the Dream of Reality, Millennium
Parliament, Falmouth (curated by Olivia Gray)

2012
Why Bother With the Truth When the Myth is More Important, Riflemaker, London

2011
The Origins of The Drummer, Millennium, St.Ives

2009
Riflemaker presents at The Kenneth Armitage Foundation, London

2008
Casting A Dark Democracy, Kenneth Armitage Foundation, London
Future History, Goldfish Fine Art, Cornwall

2006
No Title, Goldfish, Cornwall
2005
Truro Cathedral, Cornwall

1999
La Corrida: Dreams In Red, Falmouth Public Art Gallery, Cornwall

1997
La Corrida: Dreams In Red, Duncan Campbell Gallery, London

1992
Fragments from the Middle World, Albemarle Gallery, London


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013
Rituals are tellers of us, Newlyn Art Gallery
Suspended Sentences, Smokehouse, Newlyn Limbo, Cornwall Art Biennale
Dark Rooms, Old School Helston
Mixed Winter, Millennium

2012
Royal Academy Summer Show, London
Sculptors’ Drawings, Works on Paper, Pangolin Gallery London
PiH Contemporaries Auction, Bonhams London
Launch Exhibition, Threadneedle Space, London
Mixed Winter, Millennium
2011
The Exquisite Trove , Newlyn Art Gallery
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Sculpture Show , Mullan Gallery, Belfast

2010
F. E McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Northern Ireland
The House of Fairy Tales, Millennium, St. Ives
The Uniques Store, Riflemaker, London

2009
Volta, Art Basel, Riflemaker
In The Mix, Pangolin, London

2008
Threadneedle Prize, shortlisted (Selectors Prize), London
Mixed / No Theme, Goldfish, Cornwall
Icons, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate

2007
Move, Goldfish at Vyner Street, London
Politics Pays Back, Kowalsky Gallery @ DACS, London
Margins, Sherborne House Open 07, Sherborne, Dorset
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Art Now Cornwall, Goldfish, Cornwall

2006
Spontaneous Combustion, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

2006
Visiting Picasso, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall

2005
Royal Ulster Academy, Ulster Museum
Critic’s Choice, NSA, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
The Sculpture Show, Mullan Gallery, Belfast

2004
Drawing the Line, Newlyn Art Gallery
Bath Fringe Festival
Millfield Open Exhibition (first Prize)

2003
Truro Museum, Cornwall
Identity, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Millfield Open Exhibition

2001
Obsession, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

2000
Art 2000, Gordon Hepworth Gallery, London
Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

1997
Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London (prize Winner)

1996
Casa Manilva, Spain

1993
Northampton Museum and Gallery
Images of Christ, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
Artists of Promise, Bonhams Gallery, London

1992
The Working Process, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

1990
Summer Show, Albemarle Gallery, London

1985
The Otter Gallery, Belfast


PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMMISSIONS

2012
The Green Man, Antony Estate, Torpoint , Cornwall

2009-11
The Drummer , Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall

2008
The Minotaur, The Royal Opera House, London

2000-4
Rites of Dionysus, The Eden Project, Cornwall


AWARDS / PRIZES

2013
Elected Member of the Royal Academy
Elected Honorary Fellow, Falmouth University Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors

2008
Selectors’ Award: Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries

2006
Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Fellowship Award

2005
The Mullan Prize, Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition
Prince of Wales Bursary Award, The British School at Athens

2003
First Prize, Millfield Open

1997
Prize Winner, Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

1996
Delfina Studio Trust Award, Residency at Casa Manilva, Spain


COLLECTIONS

Arts Council
Carew-Pole Garden Trust
David Roberts Foundation
Delfina Foundation
Eden Project
Boyle Civic Collection
Cornwall County Council
Kenneth Armitage Foundation
Falmouth Art Gallery Collection
British School at Athens
UCA Farnham Collection


SELECTED PRESS / PUBLICATIONS

2013
Awaken from the Dream of Reality, Millennium 2011
The Origins of The Drummer, Millennium, Catalogue

2009
The Threadneedle Prize at the Mall Galleries, Financial Times
The New Curiosity Shop, GQ , Sophie Lewis
Casting A Dark Democracy review, Dazed magazine online
Casting A Dark Democracy review, Art Forum, Gilda Williams

2008
Casting A Dark Democracy review, Financial Times, Jackie Wullschlager
Casting A Dark Democracy, Critic’s Choice, FT
Casting A Dark Democracy review, Time Out, Francis Gooding
Casting A Dark Democracy, Critic’s Choice, Time Out
Future History, Goldfish, Catalogue
The Genuine Article, Cornwall Today, Alex Wade
Penzance Turns Regeneration into a Fine Art, The Observer, Alex Wade
No Bull – the Covent Garden Monster, The Evening Standard, Georgina Littejohn

2007
Politics Pays Back review, The Spectator, Mark Glazebrook
Is this the New Brutalism?, The Times, Hester Westley

2007
New Face of Cornish Art, The Times, Laura Gascoigne
Sherborne House OPEN 07, Big Issue August
Brian Sewell & the Art of Insulting your Hosts, The Independent, Ian Herbert
Sunday Times Culture Magazine, Richard Brooks
Move, Goldfish at Vyner Street, Catalogue

2006
No Title, Goldfish, Catalogue
NSA Summer Show, Goldfish Fine Art, Catalogue

2004
Summer Exhibition, South West Academy, Catalogue

2003
Landscapes & Desire, Catherine Tuck, Sutton Publishing
Catching the Wave: Art and Artists in Cornwall, Tom Cross, Halsgrove

2002
Art: N.S.A., Newlyn Society of Artists, Catalogue
Eden: Tim Smit, Bantam Press
Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

2000
20 Years of Contemporary Art, Falmouth Art Gallery, Catalogue

1993
Images of Christ, Religious Iconography in 20th Century British Art, Catalogue

1992
Exhibition review, Spectator, Giles Auty