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Coventry artist George Shaw shortlisted for Turner Prize

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I’m not going to pretend that I knew who George Shaw was before I recently heard that he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2011.  George its an artist from Coventry who has produced many paintings from the area he grew up in.  Placing ‘Tile Hill’ and ‘art’ in the same sentence does not happen that often as anyone from Coventry will tell you.

Coming from the area where many of these paintings were made, I can relate directly to them, and in particular the image of what are known as ‘the banana flats’.  Yes, paintings of very ordinary places that people instantly relate to.  From bus stops to broken council estate garages, he seems to have captured it all.

I am as inspired by paintings as I am by photography, and this fantastic body of work will not disappoint those who want to visit the exhibition.  George’s exhibition is on until 11th March 2012 at The Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry.

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Written by Dean O'Brien

November 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

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