Artist comes back to Yorkshire for show

Phil Shaw with his children Arthur and Florence
Phil Shaw with his children Arthur and Florence

Internationally-renowned artist Phil Shaw has opened an exhibition at the 1830 Gallery at the Artworks, Halifax.

The exhibition, called Let Me Out, I Haven’t Finished Yet runs from May 25 to July 6 and is his first solo show in his home county of Yorkshire for 40 years.

The collection features his development from school and university to becoming an established artist.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, Mr Shaw dedicated the show to his late art master at Rawthorpe secondary modern school in Huddersfield, Mr Lamb, who, he said was “a huge inspiration and amazing teacher”.

After gaining a BA from Leeds College of Art, he went to the Royal College of Art in London.

One of Mr Shaw’s recentcommissions was for the G8 when each of the world leaders were given a specially editioned Phil Shaw bookshelf print, while in 2013 he received a special commission from the Prime Minister.

Mr Shaw said: “I think someone from the Foreign Office saw one of my bookshelf prints, and I then received a text, via my art gallery, about the commission from David Cameron.

“To be honest my first thought was that it was a joke!”

Mr Shaw now has quite a band of celebrity collectors, including Derren Brown, Lee Evans, Jeremy Paxman and Dave Gilmour.

He will be talking about his work at the gallery from 2pm on June 28, and in the evening at 6.30 his band the Egyptians will perform.