Book

George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field

Cover of the book titled "George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field."

Edited by Mark Hallett, director of studies at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

(Yale University Press)

Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011, George Shaw (b. 1966) is one of Britain’s leading contemporary painters, best known for his detailed, luminous, and often elegiac representations of the British suburban landscape.

This illustrated book is the first to explore the entirety of Shaw’s artistic output, which spans three decades. Beginning with his work at the Royal College of Art in the 1990s and ending with his most recent paintings, this volume places Shaw’s art within the context of contemporary culture, from the traditions of English landscape painting to the repercussions of Brexit.

An introductory essay and catalogue texts by Mark Hallett are accompanied by essays on the artist’s work by Tom Crow, Catherine Lampert, David Mellor, and Eugenie Shinkle. An interview between Shaw and contemporary artist Jeremy Deller offers insight into this work from the perspective of the artist himself, while a fully illustrated chronology details the entirety of his career.