About Shaw - Contemporary Irish Artist


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Studio View

A view from his old studio.

biog

Robert Shaw b. Dublin 1964
-trained at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design in the late nineteen eighties.

He is native of Malahide, a coastal village north of Dublin city. Shaw's studio was for nine years situated high on the most easterly point of Howth head. From here he was inspired by the land and seascapes that stretch as far as the mountains of Mourne in the north, to the coast of Wales in the east. His work is also strongly influenced by the rich historical and spiritual heritage of the north Leinster coastline. Today he paints at his studio in Donabate and on the nearby beaches and shores.

 

Bob 1 Bob 2

 

Media

Shaw's paintings are held in important Corporate and Private Collections including:


Studio one night - on the easels Youtube

Robert Shaw interview with Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk 106

Artist Robert Shaw explains the story of how he presented his painting 'Earthwave' to Dr Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on the moon.
This is an interview first broadcast in July 2009 on the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

Youtube

Shaw's-1st Solo Exhibition

Private Collector Gallery, St Frederick St, Dublin. October 2003.

Youtube

 

Prints are available at

Art Prints

 

the work

Shaw's paintings sensuously capture the essence of shores and estuaries before and after the storm.
He uses light and reflection in a stirring way to evoke a sense of still and awe. Distorted viewpoints and depths of tone result in a curiosity for reference, drawing one deeper into the painting. The detail in the middle ground will often unveil a few surprises. The result is an ever-changing painting.

The conjoining of the land and sun are strong symbols. We find paintings within paintings which depict the ongoing timelessness of sunrises and sunsets. Shaw explores this sense of timelessness. The search for the big answers of life, death, heaven and earth are as relevant today as they have always been.

One is never alone when engaging the work. There is always a sense that your 'angel' is at your shoulder.

The artist demonstrates a gentle yet eager curiosity. He is probing for a kind of truth and insight into spirit, time and nature. Shaw's paintings might appear to be about landscape, but they are more about identity and the human search for a sense of purpose and place unimpeded by the boundaries of time.

 

Studio 1 Studio 2 Studio 3

 

Wales Wales

 

A rare ethereal glimpse of the welsh coast from the studio

collections

Shaw's paintings are held in important Corporate and Private Collections including:


Dr Edgar Mitchell Moonwalker, Lunar Module pilot Apollo 14 USA
Ryan Tubridy Broadcaster Ireland
Graham Knuttel Artist Ireland
John O'Conor Concert Pianist Ireland
Andrew Montague Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mansion House Ireland
Adi Roche Sharer Ireland
Audrey Fahey Nurse Ireland
Liam Kelly Coalman Ireland
Fitzpatrick Hotel Group   Ireland
The Morgan Hotel Temple Bar, Dublin Ireland
The Hennessy Foundation   USA
Fingal County Council   Ireland
The Irish Arts Archive   Ireland
The Ford Collection   USA
Microsoft   USA
Bewleys Collection   Ireland
Doyle collection   Ireland
Eamonn Andrews Estate   Ireland

exhibitions


2013 Group exhibition Green Acres Gallery - Wexford, Ireland
2013 Group exhibition Purple Onion Fine Art Gallery - Roscommon. Ireland
2013 Group exhibition Private Collector Gallery - Innishannon, Cork
2013 Group exhibition Cherrylane Fine Arts - Wicklow, Ireland
2012 Group exhibition Kilmainham Arts Club - Dublin. Ireland
2012 Group exhibition Purple Onion Fine Art Gallery - Roscommon. Ireland
2011 Solo exhibition Newbridge House - Donabate, Ireland
2011 Group exhibition Private Collector Gallery - Innishannon, Cork
2011 Group exhibition Cherrylane Fine Arts - Wicklow, Ireland
2011 Group exhibition Kilmainham Arts Club - Dublin. Ireland
2011 Group exhibition Purple Onion Fine Art Gallery - Roscommon. Ireland
2010 Solo exhibition Howth Yacht Club - Dublin, Ireland
2010 Group exhibition Purple Onion Fine Art Gallery - Roscommon. Ireland
2009 Group exhibition Purple Onion Fine Art Gallery - Roscommon. Ireland
2009 Group exhibition Cherrylane Fine Arts - Wicklow, Ireland
2008 Solo exhibition Howth Yacht Club - Dublin, Ireland
2008 Group exhibition Wexford Contemporary Irish Art Festival - Ireland
2008 Group exhibition Cherrylane Fine Arts - Wicklow, Ireland
2008 Group exhibition Whalley Gallery, Holywood Belfast, Ireland
2008 Group exhibition Purple Onion Fine Art Gallery - Roscommon. Ireland
2008 Group exhibition The Bold Art Gallery, Galway - Ireland
2007 Group exhibition Gormley's Fine Art - Omagh and Belfast, Ireland
2007 Solo exhibition Blue Haven Gallery - Kinsale, Cork, Ireland
2007 Group exhibition Cherrylane Fine Arts - Wicklow, Ireland
2006 Solo exhibition Dublin Chamber of Commerce - courtesy of the Blue Leaf Gallery
2006 Group exhibition Wexford Contemporary Irish Art Festival - Ireland
2006 Group exhibition The Bold Art Gallery - Galway, Ireland
2006 Installed exhibition The New Morgan - Temple Bar, Dublin
2005 Group exhibition City Hall - Cork, Ireland - by courtesy of Spiller Art
2005 Group exhibition by courtesy of the Barbara Stanley Gallery - London
2005 Group exhibition The Bold Art Gallery - Galway, Ireland
2004 Solo exhibition Spiller Art - Dublin, Ireland
2004 Group exhibition Wexford Contemporary Irish Art Festival - Ireland
2004 Group exhibition The Tramyard Gallery - Dublin, Ireland
2004 Group exhibition Commonwealth Institute - Kensington, London by courtesy of the Barbara Stanley Gallery
2003 Group exhibition Barbara Stanley Gallery - London

of 'earthwave - “breathtaking”

Dr Edgar Mitchell, Lunar Module pilot Apollo 14 -USA -2009

“Shaw has become a most collectable painter”

Garrett O’Connor, Irish Art Auctioneer - 2006

“The non-invasive manner and power of Shaw’s imagery
makes this another major exhibition success”

Daniel Morrison, New York Art Critic – 2004

“One of Ireland’s most respected young artists, in time, destined for greatness”

Daniel Morrison, New York Art Critic – 2003


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