George Shaw finds the otherworldly in trees, porn magazines and plastic sheets

Of all the subjects to focus on in the National Gallery’s collection – from seductive Venuses to glorious sunflowers – the choice of the humble tree is hardly the most riveting. Yet it is trees that dominate George Shaw’s exhibition ‘My Back to Nature’, which consists of works created in response to the collection. Since the start of 2014, Shaw has been the National Gallery’s associate artist, with special access to the collection. Shaw moved into the Gallery’s studio for one week out of every three, arriving every day at 8am so that he could draw from the collection for a couple of hours before it opened to the public.

Read the full review on Apollo.

The Rude Screen (2015–16), George Shaw. Courtesy the artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London

The Rude Screen (2015–16), George Shaw. Courtesy the artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London

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