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Sterling Shaw

Unreliable Narrator

July 1 - 31, 2021

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Alight  48" x 54"  Acrylic, Charcoal, And Chalk On Paper

Alight

48" x 54"

Acrylic, Charcoal And Chalk On Paper

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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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Brush  20" x 20"  Charcoal, Ink, And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

Brush (SOLD)

20" x 20"

Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

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Daphnee  20" x 20"  Charcoal, Ink, And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

Daphnee

20" x 20"

Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

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Giant  41" x 47"  Conte Crayon And Acrylic On Paper

Giant

41" x 47"

Conte Crayon And Acrylic On Paper

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Great Drops Of Blood  20" x 20"  Acrylic On Panel

Great Drops Of Blood

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Panel

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If You See Her  41" x 57"   Acrylic, Chalk, And Ink On Paper

If You See Her

41" x 57" 

Acrylic, Chalk, And Ink On Paper

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

Plague Of Frogs

40" x 43"

Acrylic And Charcoal On Paper Mounted On Panel

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Pompeii  20" x 20"  Acrylic On Panel

Pompeii

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Panel

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Purge Memory  54" x 42"  Acrylic And Oil On Canvas

Purge Memory

54" x 42"

Acrylic And Oil On Canvas

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Self Portrait As Penitent  40" x 42"  Acrylic, Charcoal, And Ink On Paper Mounted On Panel

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 38"  Acrylic On Canvas

Study Of The Heart

72" x 38"

Acrylic On Canvas

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Alight  48" x 54"  Acrylic, Charcoal, And Chalk On Paper

Alight

48" x 54"

Acrylic, Charcoal And Chalk On Paper

Allegory Of Spring  16" x 16"  Acrylic On Panel

Allegory Of Spring

16" x 16"

Acrylic On Panel

Brush  20" x 20"  Charcoal, Ink, And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

Brush (SOLD)

20" x 20"

Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

Daphnee  20" x 20"  Charcoal, Ink, And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

Daphnee

20" x 20"

Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

Giant  41" x 47"  Conte Crayon And Acrylic On Paper

Giant

41" x 47"

Conte Crayon And Acrylic On Paper

Great Drops Of Blood  20" x 20"  Acrylic On Panel

Great Drops Of Blood

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Panel

If You See Her  41" x 57"   Acrylic, Chalk, And Ink On Paper

If You See Her

41" x 57" 

Acrylic, Chalk, And Ink On Paper

Incarnating  20" x 20"  Acrylic And Ink On Panel

Incarnating

20" x 20"

Acrylic And Ink On Panel

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

Plague Of Frogs

40" x 43"

Acrylic And Charcoal On Paper Mounted On Panel

Pompeii  20" x 20"  Acrylic On Panel

Pompeii

20" x 20"

Acrylic On Panel

Purge Memory  54" x 42"  Acrylic And Oil On Canvas

Purge Memory

54" x 42"

Acrylic And Oil On Canvas

Self Portrait As Penitent  40" x 42"  Acrylic, Charcoal, And Ink On Paper Mounted On Panel

Self Portrait As Penitent (SOLD)

40" x 42"

Acrylic, Charcoal And Ink On Paper Mounted On Panel

Study Of The Heart  72" x 38"  Acrylic On Canvas

Study Of The Heart

72" x 38"

Acrylic On Canvas

"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…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 face with her permission."

- Sterling Shaw

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

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

Bible stories, nursery rhymes, and references to mythology intermingle in Sterling Shaw’s dream-like narratives. While his approach to surface and media is varied, Shaw’s dedication to storytelling is apparent throughout the entire body of work. In many cases, the protagonists find themselves swept into mysterious situations and settings, as forces of nature factor into the stories.  Shaw’s larger-than-life figures inhabit and stride through their environments like giant deities; however, they are deities with human flaws. Not wanting to be strictly allegorical, Shaw seeks a reaction to his subject matter that invokes a shifting interpretation depending on the individual associations made by each viewer. 

Shaw says, “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…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 face with her permission.” 

In his recent work, Shaw has further focused on drawing in his painting practice. His initial  charcoal images were derived from a stream of consciousness approach, allowing the figure to be revealed.  Later in his process, Shaw incorporates collage techniques where  he juxtaposes unconnected objects and settings and the final painting emerges.  Regardless of the medium, Shaw’s skillful hand and meticulous eye for the human form is always present as he masterfully moves among aqueous media, charcoal, Conté crayon, and ink. 

Daphnee, 20" x 20", Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

Daphnee, 20" x 20", Charcoal, Ink And Acrylic Polymer On Panel

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.

Shaw's 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. This is Shaw’s first solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf.

Study Of The Heart, 72" x 38", Acrylic On Canvas

Study Of The Heart, 72" x 38", Acrylic On Canvas