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TateShots: Turner Prize 2011, George Shaw

Painter George Shaw is one of the nominees for the Turner Prize 2011. For almost two decades his subject matter has been the place in which he grew up, a housing estate in Coventry and the surrounding streets. Every detail is scrupulously captured in Humbrol enamel paint, the kind of paint used by children on Airfix model kits. Shaw's paintings are full of nostalgia for a lost childhood and exude a sense of time passing. More recently he has focused on the grim urban decay that is slowly infecting the local area. The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. The prize is awarded each year to 'a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding'.
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