Contemporary visual artist and sculptor, Tim Shaw was born in Belfast in 1964, educated in Belfast, Dublin and Enniskillen. Shaw studied art at Manchester Polytechnic and Falmouth School of Art, and after a brief period working as a conservator of buildings and sculpture, decided to devote himself fully to creating sculpture. Shaw lives on a farm in Cornwall, UK where he has had his home and studios for over 30 years.
In 2013 he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and he exhibits in the Summer Exhibition annually.
In 2015 he won the distinguished George Schimmel Fellowship at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities ‘Law as Culture’ in Bonn and commenced work on The Birth of Breakdown Clown, a major, interactive project, integrating sculpture, artificial intelligence and robotics.
The San Diego Museum of Art mounted his most significant international solo exhibition to date Beyond Reason (October 2018 to February 2019), a retrospective of his work which included six of his immersive, large-scale installations, exploring themes of global terrorism, freedom of speech, abuse of power and the future of AI. The exhibition opened to critical acclaim and was highlighted by Artnet as one of the foremost ‘museum shows around the US worth travelling for’.
Currently, Shaw is bronze-casting his monumental work Man on Fire for permanent installation at the entrance of the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. The project is made possible by a generous award from the Frampton Trust, Royal Academy of Arts and Arts Council England.
As Shaw states, ‘My work, which is essentially figurative, delves into the nature of the human psyche and has elements that are political, metaphysical and mythological. Themes of ritual and conflict reoccur. There is an attempt to understand the nature of who we are through a process of reduction: stripping back the human condition to its primordial bare bones’.
Website: Tim Shaw (timshawsculptor.com)