George Shaw:
A Corner of a Foreign Field

Mark Hallett

Publicaton Date
September 2018
Standard Number
Yale University Press
336 pages, 258 x 280 mm
350 color illus.

Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011, George Shaw (b. 1966) is one of Britain’s leading contemporary painters, best known for his painstakingly detailed, luminous, and often elegiac representations of the British suburban landscape. Beautifully designed and generously illustrated, this 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 work within the context of contemporary culture, from the traditions of English landscape painting to the repercussions of Brexit. An introductory essay and comprehensive 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 the celebrated 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.

Awarded Best in Show at the 2019 New England Museum Association Publication Awards.

Published to accompany the exhibition 'George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field' at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (4 October – 30 December 2018) and the Holburne Museum, Bath (8 February – 6 May 2019).

Yale Center for British Art in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

About the author

  • Märit Rausing Director at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London