Tim Shaw RA

Sculptor (Artist in Residence)

Curriculum Vitae

Tim Shaw, born 1964 in Belfast, is a sculptor and contemporary visual artist. He studied first at Manchester Polytechnic and then at Falmouth School of Art, where he received a first class BA (Hons) Fine Art degree. He has had a number of significant solo shows throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally. Most recently the major public solo exhibition “Black Smoke Rising”, toured to mac Birmingham and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. During 2014, his work featured in “Reflections of War” at Flowers Gallery in London, and “Back from the Front presents: Shock and Awe – Contemporary Artists at War and Peace” at the Royal West of England Academy. Tim Shaw has undertaken a number of public commissions including “The Rites of Dionysos” for the Eden Project, “The Minotaur” for The Royal Opera House and “The Drummer” in Truro City Centre. A more political side to his work became evident in a number of sculptures responding to issues such as terrorism and the war in Iraq such as “Tank on Fire”, awarded the selectors’ choice Threadneedle prize in 2008, and the installation “Casting a Dark Democracy”. Tim Shaw has been supported by the Kappatos Gallery in Athens, The Kenneth Armitage Foundation, The British School of Athens and The Delfina Studio Trust through residencies in Greece and Spain, and a Fellowship in London. In 2013, he was elected to the Royal Academy and was elected a Fellow of The Royal British Society of Sculptors and a Fellow of Falmouth University. From April 2015 to March 2016, Tim Shaw was active as Artist in Residence at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” where he received the Georg Simmel Artist Stipend for his work on the topic “The Birth of Breakdown Clown”.


The Birth of Breakdown Clown


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Mother, the Air is Blue, the Air is Dangerous, F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge (Nordirland)

Time Got Kicked Around, Kappatos Gallery, Athens
Black Smoke Rising, touring exhibition, Mac Birmingham, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Awaken from the Dream of Reality, Millennium Gallery, St.Ives

Soul Snatcher Possession, Riflemaker, London

Origins of The Drummer, Millennium Gallery, St. Ives

Casting A Dark Democracy, Kenneth Armitage Foundation, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Reflections of War, Flowers East Gallery, London
Back From the Front, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Out of Our Heads, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Selected Press/ Publications

Tim Shaw, Sansom & Co 2015
Art, Memory and the Aftermath of War by Verity Lewis, Editor: Professor Paul Gough, Issuu.com

His dark Materials, Laura Gascoigne, RA Magazine
Reflection of War, Flower East, Gabriel Coxhead, Time Out
NakedButSafe Magazine September NBS#7, Interview with Dr.Sozita Goudouna
Black Smoke Rising, Exhibition review, Aestheticamagazine.com

Awaken from the Dream of Reality, Millennium Catalogue 

Aqnb online article: Soul Snatcher Possession

The Origins of The Drummer, Millennium, Catalogue
The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, Brian Sewell, Evening Standard

Casting A Dark Democracy review, Art Forum, Gilda Williams

Casting A Dark Democracy. Exhibition review, Financial Times, Jackie Wullschlager
Casting A Dark Democracy. Exhibition review, Time Out, Francis Gooding