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December Issue 2010

Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Rob Shaw

Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, will present the exhibit, Recent Works, featuring works by Rob Shaw, on view in Galery 80808, from Dec. 16 - 21, 2010.

A native of Columbia and a graduate of USC in art studio, Shaw has had numerous shows in local venues and is the featured artist at Havens Framemakers and Gallery on Gervais Street. Principally working in oil, Shaw's paintings include lowcountry themes as well as Columbia landmarks. The work in the show spans the last six years with the majority of the work having been created in 2010.

Shaw's paintings from this year are signed "twenty ten" which has come to symbolize a dramatic shift in his work. These recent paintings take into consideration the way life has become so deconstructed; and with his work, Shaw tries to connect it together again. By leveling out the painting surface, he is able to connect elements of the painting that were otherwise separate. Colors blend and become symbiotic of each other. This organic feel has a soothing, harmonious look. Sometimes powerful and other times tranquil, they all give off a sense of peace and simplicity.
In an effort to set himself apart, Shaw abandoned brushes years ago. Now all he uses is a single palette knife.

Shaw has a very painterly technique. He uses the paint and plays with the different ways it can be applied and manipulated. When asked about his work, he is often aloof, avoiding any direct answers. He feels that the painting is the statement and any translation to the viewer would only distort the intent. The paintings are meant to be paintings and nothing more, they are meant to be beautiful expressions of things we see every day.

Shaw was the winner of the Best in Show Professional Division at the SC State Fair in 2008. He received First Honorable Mention in the 2006 NBSC Oil Painters Invitational. His paintings are in many private collections in the US and Europe. His corporate collectors include First Citizens Bank and The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 803/252-6134 or visit (www.vistastudios80808.com).


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