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31 Corrections And Omissions, Portrait Of The Artist At 31, 20" x 20"

31 Corrections And Omissions, Portrait Of The Artist At 31

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Alight, 48" x 54"

Alight

48" x 54"

Acrylic, Charcoal And Chalk On Paper

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Allegory Of Spring, 16" x 16"

Allegory Of Spring

16" x 16"

Acrylic On Panel

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Antagonist, 26" x 26"

Antagonist

26" x 26"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Assumption, 16" x 12"

Assumption

16" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas 

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Brush (SOLD), 20" x 20"

Brush (SOLD)

20" x 20"

Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

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Daphnee (SOLD), 20" x 20"

Daphnee (SOLD)

20" x 20"

Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

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Giant, 41" x 47"

Giant

41" x 47"

Conte Crayon And Acrylic On Paper

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God Is Bird Spelled Backwards, 48" x 48"

God Is Bird Spelled Backwards

48" x 48"

Acrylic On Panel

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Great Drops Of Blood, 20" x 20"

Great Drops Of Blood

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Panel

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Groping, 30" x 22"

Groping

30" x 22"

Mixed Media On Paper

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Hanging The Heavens, 12" x 12"

Hanging The Heavens

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Hazard II, 36" x 36"

Hazard II

36" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

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If You See Her, 41" x 57" 

If You See Her

41" x 57" 

Acrylic, Chalk, And Ink On Paper

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Incarnating, 20" x 20"

Incarnating

20" x 20"

Acrylic And Ink On Panel

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Philadelphia Crucifixion V, 12" x 12"

Philadelphia Crucifixion V

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas 

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Pasiphae, 12" x 12"

Pasiphae

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Pentecost 2, 20" x 16"

Pentecost 2

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Pentecost 3, 60" x 36"

Pentecost 3

60" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Plague Of Frogs, 40" x 43"

Plague Of Frogs

40" x 43"

Acrylic And Charcoal On Mounted Paper

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Pompeii, 20" x 20"

Pompeii

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Panel

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Purge Memory, 54" x 42"

Purge Memory

54" x 42"

Acrylic And Oil On Canvas

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Queen Of Heavens, 20" x 20"

Queen Of Heavens

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Queen Of Heavens II, 20" x 16"

Queen Of Heavens II

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Red Venus, 20" x 22"

Red Venus

20" x 22"

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Signal Lost, 22" x 22"

Signal Lost

22" x 22"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Self Portrait As Penitent (SOLD), 40" x 42"

Self Portrait As Penitent (SOLD)

40" x 42"

Acrylic, Charcoal And Ink On Paper Mounted On Panel

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Study Of The Heart, 72" x 36"

Study Of The Heart

72" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

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The Actors, 48" x 60"

The Actors

48" x 60"

Acrylic On Canvas

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The Seraph, 40" x 30"

The Seraph

40" x 30"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Villa Of The Anthophile, 20" x 20"

Villa Of The Anthophile

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

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31 Corrections And Omissions, Portrait Of The Artist At 31, 20" x 20"

31 Corrections And Omissions, Portrait Of The Artist At 31

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Alight, 48" x 54"

Alight

48" x 54"

Acrylic, Charcoal And Chalk On Paper

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Allegory Of Spring, 16" x 16"

Allegory Of Spring

16" x 16"

Acrylic On Panel

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Antagonist, 26" x 26"

Antagonist

26" x 26"

Acrylic On Canvas

Assumption, 16" x 12"

Assumption

16" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas 

Brush (SOLD), 20" x 20"

Brush (SOLD)

20" x 20"

Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

Daphnee (SOLD), 20" x 20"

Daphnee (SOLD)

20" x 20"

Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

Giant, 41" x 47"

Giant

41" x 47"

Conte Crayon And Acrylic On Paper

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God Is Bird Spelled Backwards, 48" x 48"

God Is Bird Spelled Backwards

48" x 48"

Acrylic On Panel

Great Drops Of Blood, 20" x 20"

Great Drops Of Blood

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Panel

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Groping, 30" x 22"

Groping

30" x 22"

Mixed Media On Paper

Hanging The Heavens, 12" x 12"

Hanging The Heavens

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas

Hazard II, 36" x 36"

Hazard II

36" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

If You See Her, 41" x 57" 

If You See Her

41" x 57" 

Acrylic, Chalk, And Ink On Paper

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Incarnating, 20" x 20"

Incarnating

20" x 20"

Acrylic And Ink On Panel

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Philadelphia Crucifixion V, 12" x 12"

Philadelphia Crucifixion V

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas 

Pasiphae, 12" x 12"

Pasiphae

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas

Pentecost 2, 20" x 16"

Pentecost 2

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

Pentecost 3, 60" x 36"

Pentecost 3

60" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

Plague Of Frogs, 40" x 43"

Plague Of Frogs

40" x 43"

Acrylic And Charcoal On Mounted Paper

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Pompeii, 20" x 20"

Pompeii

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Panel

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Purge Memory, 54" x 42"

Purge Memory

54" x 42"

Acrylic And Oil On Canvas

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Queen Of Heavens, 20" x 20"

Queen Of Heavens

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Queen Of Heavens II, 20" x 16"

Queen Of Heavens II

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

Red Venus, 20" x 22"

Red Venus

20" x 22"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Signal Lost, 22" x 22"

Signal Lost

22" x 22"

Acrylic On Canvas

Self Portrait As Penitent (SOLD), 40" x 42"

Self Portrait As Penitent (SOLD)

40" x 42"

Acrylic, Charcoal And Ink On Paper Mounted On Panel

Study Of The Heart, 72" x 36"

Study Of The Heart

72" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

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The Actors, 48" x 60"

The Actors

48" x 60"

Acrylic On Canvas

The Seraph, 40" x 30"

The Seraph

40" x 30"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Villa Of The Anthophile, 20" x 20"

Villa Of The Anthophile

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

"My paintings can be viewed as an offering to my female deities, or as a vision divinely granted."

- Sterling Shaw

Antagonist, 26" x 26", Acrylic On Canvas

Antagonist, 26" x 26", Acrylic On Canvas

I grew up in a very religious household steeped in Christian patriarchy. However, my early life was overflowing with wonderful, strong women. Women are the ‘heroes’ in my life: my support, my teachers, my wise counselors, my advocates. This juxtaposition against the backdrop of a patriarchal church and society, made me yearn to create my own matriarchal mythology.

 

The women in my paintings are deities - major, minor, lesser, semi and demi, similar to the gods of ancient Greece. The divine figures of my paintings usually have their faces covered, as a viewer may only be permitted to see her with her permission.

 

I paint women exclusively (though I occasionally make an appearance), working from a model and inserting an atmosphere to support the figure, drawing inspiration from collage. My paintings can be viewed as an offering to my female deities, or as a vision divinely granted. I intend my paintings to be an exploration of what happens when patriarchal imagery is replaced with matriarchal figures.

"My images come from stream of consciousness drawing. I work first in charcoal, which is where each deity is born and takes it first identity before being developed into a painting.Though I technically create these deities, I prefer to think of them as being revealed to me, and I am a subject paying homage."

Plague Of Frogs, 40" x 43", Acrylic And Charcoal On Mounted Paper

Plague Of Frogs, 40" x 43", Acrylic And Charcoal On Mounted Paper

Maybe I Do

Maybe I Do

Sterling Shaw is a product of Philadelphia’s public school system. He received his certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts in 2004 and MFA in 2020. His work has been exhibited at The Painting Center New York, The Woodmere Art Museum, Delaware Center For Contemporary Art, Rosenfeld Gallery, The Main Line Art Center, Seraphin Gallery, Artists House Gallery and Gross McCleaf Gallery.

Select prizes include: Woodmere Endowment Fund Memorial Prize 2012, The Betsy Meyer Memorial Prize 2006, William Emlen Cresson Memorial Travel Scholarship 2004. His work belongs to various private and public collections, including the permanent collection of The Woodmere Art Museum, the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection.

He is currently working from a studio in South Philadelphia.

The Actors, 48" x 60", Acrylic On Canvas

The Actors, 48" x 60", Acrylic On Canvas