TOP ARTIST IS BACK IN HIS OLD STOMPING GROUND: George Shaw: I Woz Ere Will Be Open to the Public in November HOME TOWN; Herbert Will Host Major New Exhibition
Byline: Helen Thomas
TURNER Prize nominated Coventry artist George Shaw is returning to his home city for a major exhibition.
His work will be displayed at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, in Jordan Well, later this year.
Shaw grew up in Tile Hill and has been shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize for his work depicting the area around his childhood home.
The exhibition George Shaw: I woz ere is a retrospective look at his work and will be at the gallery between November 18 and March 11 next year.
Shaw said: "Since I was able to read I have seen the words 'I woz ere' more times than I care to recall.
"Mostly when I see the words I am consumed by the kind of sadness that comes when I'm confronted by lost lives: of the simple vanishing of hours and hours, of experience coming to dust.
"This exhibition at the Herbert will be the first time a collection of these paintings will be shown in the place they represent. In some ways it does represent a sort of homecoming."
The exhibition will be made up of three parts with the first presenting paintings in Humbrol enamel paint of the housing estate where he grew up. …