Suburban scenes from Turner Prize nominee on show in county

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9 January 2017 5:51PM

TURNER Prize nominee George Shaw's artwork features in a new exhibition arriving in Cumbria.

My Back to Nature will be on display at Abbot Hall art gallery, in Kendal, from Friday January 13 until Saturday March 11.

The National Gallery's touring exhibition sees Shaw “takes on” the Masters, creating beautiful intimate scenes of woodland near suburban areas.

The critically-acclaimed collection has recently begun an 18-month tour, with pieces on display in Kendal for two months.

More than 50 new paintings and drawings, it is the result of Shaw’s two-and-a-half years as the National Gallery’s Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist.

Based in a studio located in the heart of the National Gallery, Shaw had swift and unrestricted access to the gallery to explore the collection out of hours at his leisure, draw from the pictures, observe the public, and find inspiration in great art for his own work.

The result is predominantly woodland landscapes, ones that investigate the clash of cultures; classical stories linked with the traces of similar, timeless behaviour in the modern world; and the portrayal of religion.

From January 2017 until September 2018 the exhibition will travel the length and breadth of the UK as part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of Old Master paintings and to make the National Gallery’ s exhibitions available to as wide an audience as possible.

National Gallery director Dr Gabriele Finaldi says: "George Shaw’s paintings tap into popular British culture and the tradition of the great masters. The result is by turns witty, moving, and irreverent.

"The body of works he produced at the National Gallery offers a fresh and energising response to the paintings of Titian, Poussin, and Constable and we are delighted to share it with so many UK venues."

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