Andy Shaw is a UK based artist producing drawings, paintings and sculpture. Andy’s work is in the collections of David Bowie, Marco Pierre White, Donna Karan and Sir Henry Rothschild. Exhibitions include the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, Gramercy Park Hotel, New York and many galleries across Europe, USA and Asia.
“Popular culture runs through my work. Construction and deconstruction in painting and drawing that ultimately leads to creativity. I source the stuff that surrounds us from film and tv, advertising, sport, music, animals, architecture and the multi media world we live in”.
In 1988 Andy Shaw gained a First Class BA Hons in 3D Design at Manchester Metropolitan University and painting and sculpture at Alfred University, New York. U.S.A. Film Studies Commendations for essays on the director Francis Ford Coppola and Jacques Tati.
Andy’s first exhibition in New York was held at the Gramercy Park hotel in 1996. On his return Andy made front page headlines in The Guardian newspaper after one of his discarded spin paintings was found in a skip. The Andy Shaw spin painting was mistaken for a Damien Hirst and exhibited at Adam Dant Gallery in East London. The painting later sold at a Bonhams auction.
Andy has also worked with Marco Pierre White on a series of spin paintings and ceramics for his restaurants. Both Andy and Marco worked upstairs in Quo Vardis, Soho, London, in a make shift studio. Andy made the spin paintings with Marco applying butterflies to the wet paint. Around 40 butterfly spin paintings from the collaboration were then displayed in Marco’s ‘Titanic’ bar and restaurant in London. Andy’s spin paintings were also exhibited along side Andy Warhol’s silkscreen paintings in Quo Vardis.
From an early age Andy would draw or paint. ‘Art is the one subject at school that I understood and felt comfortable with. At 14 yrs old we had a school visit to the Tate in London and I vividly remember a few works that got my attention. Bacon’s ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’ (I bought the postcard from the Tate shop in 1980 and still have it). The central figure in the painting reminded me of the chest buster in Ridley Scott’s Alien movie. The Rock Drill sculpture and Hockney’s swimming pool splash painting. Three works of art that I studied with interest, all of them having a contemporary feel.
Music has always been a major influence, Andy is a drummer and a percussionist. ‘Music and Art (visual) are inextricably linked. There is a synaesthesia involved that feeds into my art work’. At sixteen Andy was the drummer and catalyst for Derby punk band ‘Avoid’ and they played gigs in the Derby area. Avoid recorded a four track e.p. called ‘Death Race’ in 1982. Andy sees himself as privileged and fortunate to have seen bands like The Clash and The Ramones in 1980 who both played at The Assembly Rooms, Derby.
From 1994 to 1997 Andy worked as an artist in the East End of London, Shoreditch and had two successful solo exhibitions. David Bowie purchased the ‘Brain Sculpture, Cerebrate’ from Andy’s London show in 1995. A motorized spinning plastic brain submerged under a vortex of water inside a protective biosphere. The plastic brain itself centered on a 6ft tall polished steel cabinet. David Bowie’s personal hair dresser, Josh Wood also bought two of Andy’s spin paintings.
‘Drawing, painting and sculpture. Picasso unified the three, you could call it rocket science’ says Andy.
Andy’s work is featured in the new ‘Ceramics and Print’ book (third edition) by Paul Scott, published by A&C Black, December 2012.
One of Andy’s large ‘Spin’ paintings, ‘Catherine Forever More’ 1996 was featured in the 100th anniversary episode of ‘Grand Designs’ on Channel 4.
The painting can also be seen in the January 2013 issue of ‘Grand Designs Magazine’ of the converted Water Tower in London and is featured in an episode of ‘Extreme Homes’.
Andy’s work featured in Saatchi Art Catalogue Fall 2016 and 2017, printed and sent out to collectors world wide.