GEORGE SHAW MAKES HIS MARK
George Shaw’s paintings have the immediate feel of his lifetime of work as a carpenter — every marking utilizes a memory bank of all the houses, barns and structures he’s worked on — the end result is a life story shared.
“When you’re looking at a work at 3 a.m., you wonder what happened with the past six hours,” he explained. “Sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing in there in the studio. Sometimes I’m not conscious of what I’m doing.”
Like all good artists, in those dream- state hours, he must trust that his accumulated skills will lead to a desirable result. The brain is wired to react certain ways, and it’s only natural that Shaw would fall back on his years of bringing aging structures back to glory.