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April 2011

Havens Framemakers in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Rob Shaw

Havens Framemakers Gallery in Columbia, SC, will present an exhibit of works by Rob Shaw, on view from Apr. 7 through May 1, 2011. A reception will be held on Apr. 7, from 5-9pm.

A native of Columbia and a graduate of USC in art studio, Shaw has had numerous shows in local venues. Principally working in oil, his paintings include Lowcountry themes as well as Columbia landmarks. The show is of recent paintings created during the last year. The collection will consist of 35 to 40 images ranging from small to large.

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. With his new style of 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 simplicity.

In an effort to set himself apart, Shaw abandoned brushes years ago. Now all he uses is a single palette knife to create his painterly technique. He uses the paint and plays with the different ways it can be applied and manipulated. When asked about his work, he often avoids any direct answers. He feels that the painting is the statement and any translation to the viewer would only distort the intent. It is the individual’s connection to the piece that is the most important.

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.

Havens Framemakers and Gallery is located on Gervais Street in Columbia, SC. They specialize in custom framing and in showcasing high-quality original art.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 803/256-1616 or visit (


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