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Once described by the comedian Stewart Lee as ‘a great English eccentric waiting to be discovered’, Adrian Shaw is a London based artist, curator, researcher and educator. He works across a range of media including drawing, painting, sound, film, photography, performance, poetry and collage.
These works are a selection of recent paintings from an ongoing series made in a make-shift lockdown studio in his greenhouse. He works with leftover household paint and often works on recycled cardboard. He paints everyday, working quite quickly with whatever material comes to hand which gives the works a crude and naïve feel. Aiming to catch fleeting moments they read like diary entries, often including words or thoughts.
Previously he was curator of the Late at Tate Britain, a multi-platform festival style mix of art, music, discussion and performance; which he instigated in 2002. He has curated many events and worked with a vast array of artists and creatives including Martin Creed, David Shrigley, Bruce McLean, Liam Gillick, Marc Camill Chamowitz, Linder Sterling, Bob and Roberta Smith and Chila Kumari Singh Burman. He has curated talks with a wide range of guests including Maria Balshaw, Mike Leigh and Peter Saville. He recently left Tate to pursue freelance curatorial work and concentrate on his art practice research. He is planning to start a PhD next September at the University of the Arts in London exploring the the role of creativity within organisational change strategies.