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Incarnating  20" x 20"  Acrylic And Ink On Panel

Incarnating

20" x 20"

Acrylic And Ink On Panel

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Hanging The Heavens  12" x 12"  Acrylic On Canvas

Hanging The Heavens

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Allegory Of Spring  16" x 16"  Acrylic On Panel

Allegory Of Spring

16" x 16"

Acrylic On Panel

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Signal Lost  22" x 22"  Acrylic On Canvas

Signal Lost

22" x 22"

Acrylic On Canvas

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God Is Bird Spelled Backwards  48" x 48"  Acrylic On Panel

God Is Bird Spelled Backwards

48" x 48"

Acrylic On Panel

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Groping, 22" x 30"  Mixed Media On Paper

Groping

30" x 22"

Mixed Media On Paper

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Antagonist  26" x 26"  Acrylic On Canvas

Antagonist

26" x 26"

Acrylic On Canvas

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

31 Corrections And Omissions, Portrait Of The Artist At 31

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Hazard II  36" x 36"  Acrylic On Canvas

Hazard II

36" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Philadelphia Crucifixion V  12" x 12"  Acrylic On Canvas

Philadelphia Crucifixion V

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas 

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Pasiphae  12" x 12"  Acrylic On Canvas

Pasiphae

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Pentecost 2  16" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

Pentecost 2

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Pentecost 3  36" x 60"  Acrylic On Canvas

Pentecost 3

60" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

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

Plague Of Frogs

40" x 43"

Acrylic And Charcoal On Mounted Paper

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Queen Of Heavens II  16" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

Queen Of Heavens II

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Queen Of Heavens  20" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

Queen Of Heavens

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

 

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Assumption  16" x 12"  Acrylic On Canvas

Assumption

16" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas 

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Red Venus  22" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

Red Venus

20" x 22"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Study Of The Heart  36" x 72"  Acrylic On Canvas

Study Of The Heart

72" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

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The Actors  48" x 60"  Acrylic On Canvas

The Actors

48" x 60"

Acrylic On Canvas

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The Seraph  30" x 40"  Acrylic On Canvas

The Seraph

40" x 30"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Villa Of The Anthophile  20" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

Villa Of The Anthophile

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Incarnating  20" x 20"  Acrylic And Ink On Panel

Incarnating

20" x 20"

Acrylic And Ink On Panel

Hanging The Heavens  12" x 12"  Acrylic On Canvas

Hanging The Heavens

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas

Allegory Of Spring  16" x 16"  Acrylic On Panel

Allegory Of Spring

16" x 16"

Acrylic On Panel

Signal Lost  22" x 22"  Acrylic On Canvas

Signal Lost

22" x 22"

Acrylic On Canvas

God Is Bird Spelled Backwards  48" x 48"  Acrylic On Panel

God Is Bird Spelled Backwards

48" x 48"

Acrylic On Panel

Groping, 22" x 30"  Mixed Media On Paper

Groping

30" x 22"

Mixed Media On Paper

Antagonist  26" x 26"  Acrylic On Canvas

Antagonist

26" x 26"

Acrylic On Canvas

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

31 Corrections And Omissions, Portrait Of The Artist At 31

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

Hazard II  36" x 36"  Acrylic On Canvas

Hazard II

36" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

Philadelphia Crucifixion V  12" x 12"  Acrylic On Canvas

Philadelphia Crucifixion V

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas 

Pasiphae  12" x 12"  Acrylic On Canvas

Pasiphae

12" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas

Pentecost 2  16" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

Pentecost 2

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

Pentecost 3  36" x 60"  Acrylic On Canvas

Pentecost 3

60" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

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

Plague Of Frogs

40" x 43"

Acrylic And Charcoal On Mounted Paper

Queen Of Heavens II  16" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

Queen Of Heavens II

20" x 16"

Acrylic On Canvas

Queen Of Heavens  20" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

Queen Of Heavens

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Canvas

 

Assumption  16" x 12"  Acrylic On Canvas

Assumption

16" x 12"

Acrylic On Canvas 

Red Venus  22" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

Red Venus

20" x 22"

Acrylic On Canvas

Study Of The Heart  36" x 72"  Acrylic On Canvas

Study Of The Heart

72" x 36"

Acrylic On Canvas

The Actors  48" x 60"  Acrylic On Canvas

The Actors

48" x 60"

Acrylic On Canvas

The Seraph  30" x 40"  Acrylic On Canvas

The Seraph

40" x 30"

Acrylic On Canvas

Villa Of The Anthophile  20" x 20"  Acrylic On Canvas

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

Artist Statement

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."

Artist Center Image 1

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

Artist Bio

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.

Artist Center Image 2

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