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Tim A Shaw makes installations, light-sculptures, paintings and mixed media assemblages that explore mental health; in-between states of bodies and fleshy masses as they transform, evolve and heal. He is also co-founder of Hospital Rooms, a charity that commissions artists to improve the environments and help to encourage creative activity in mental health units.
INSPIRATION & VISION
Tim makes immersive spaces that have an atmosphere separate from the gallery space, and manipulates the way the individual works can be seen within them. For ‘Pierrot Studio’ he constructed a timber frame replica of Arnold Schoenberg’s study, based upon photographs of the composer at work. Rather than presenting a fixed piece of architecture, the installation was instead a psychic, imagined shell, with a number of tableaus that included re-imaginings of Schoenberg’s own portraits, and musicians playing a piece by composer Ewan Campbell, who he collaborated with. For ‘Refuge’ he accentuated the claustrophobic nature of the Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space by using a ramp to give the feeling of diminishing space. Underneath the ramp is a refuge that contains a number of closely observed, head-size impasto paintings that act like characters that populate this sanctuary.
Tim has completed a number of installations over the last few years, including Lightsource Installation at The Wapping Project, Crazy Golf at The Deptford Project, Crazy Golf at Grosevenor, Crazy Golf at The Apollo Project, Pierrot Project at Generation & Display, Entrances & Exits at The Warehouse, Waterloo, Pierrot Studio at Display Gallery and Refuge at Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space.
Tim is currently working on a project with researcher in military psychology Laura Palmer and philosopher Ed Thornton funded by the King's College 'Collaborative Innovation Scheme' which will re-evaluate the theoretical model of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. The project will involve a participatory time-based installation and a salon event at Bethlem Gallery. Tim is also working with the curator Niamh White on an Arts Council England and Isabella Blow Foundation funded Hospital Rooms project at an Adolescents mental health unit in South London.
He has group exhibitions planned for later in the year, and Hospital Rooms have several projects lined up in mental health units in London and around the country for 2017 and 2018.
Tim A Shaw (born 1982) is based in London.
He is also co-founder of Hospital Rooms, a project introducing site-specific, museum quality artworks to mental health wards, with curator Niamh White www.hospital-rooms.com
2005 || B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art
2002 || BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design at Camberwell College of Arts
2015-16 || Winsor & Newton
SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Control to Collapse, Imperial College London, London
Refuge, Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space, London (Solo exhibition)
Hospital Rooms project, Recovery College, Springfield University Hospital, London
Dentons Art Prize, Dentons, London
Hospital Rooms project, Phoenix Unit, Springfield University Hospital, London
The Pierrot Project, Display Gallery, London
Toys (Are Us), The Crypt Gallery, London
Crazy Golf - site specific installation at Grosvenor HQ, Grosvenor Street, London
Shortlisted works - Griffin Gallery Open, Griffin Gallery, London
The Pierrot Project: Entrances & Exits - The Warehouse, Waterloo, London (Group exhibition)
Artist Salons talk with art:i:curate at Ligne Roset, London
Artist Salons - art:i:curate, Ligne Roset, London (Group exhibition)
The Pierrot Project - The Warehouse, Waterloo, London (Group exhibition)
The Pierrot Project - Generation & Display, London (Group exhibition)
Intangible Beauty: Go Out Alone and in the Dark - Kasher|Potamkin, New York (Group exhibition)
Ugly - Show Studio, London (Group exhibition)
C:LAB studio talk with art:i:curate
ART:I:CURATE exhibition, Shoreditch, London (Group exhibition)
Junction - c&c gallery, London (Group exhibition)
In Your Face - Group exhibition at Show Studio, Mayfair, London
Lightsource event commission at The Wapping Project
Summer Show - Show Studio, London (Group exhibition)
Desire - Group exhibition at The Portman Gallery, Charing Cross Road, London
CRAZY GOLF: @ The Deptford Project (site specific installation)
CRAZY GOLF: Live at the Apollo - Apollo video store, Norwood Road, London
happy days (are here again?) - Gallery 77, London (Group exhibition)
ACT ART 5, The Arches, London Bridge (group exhibition)
Stuck On Me, Designmai, Berlin (Group exhibition)
Stuck On Me, Notting Hill Arts Club, London (Group exhibition)
Make It Or Break It, Residence Gallery, London (Group exhibition)