We are delighted to announce that the Imperial War Museum will be acquiring Tim’s monumental sculpture Man On Fire to be permanently installed at the Imperial War Museum North in front of the museum’s Libeskind building near Manchester. This exciting project is made possible by a generous grant from the George Frampton Fund of the Royal Academy of Arts, as Tim is one of the recipients of the prestigious Frampton Trust Award. The work will be cast into bronze in autumn 2020 and is scheduled to be unveiled summer 2021.
Man On Fire was originally conceived in response to the US-led invasion of Iraq. Larger than life in scale at 4m x 4m x 2.5m, it captures the horrific moments of a figure on fire, caught in conflict. The sculpture is a powerful image of contemporary conflict and compassionately relates to the human cost of war.
This project hails an expansion of Tim's works in the public domain and opens new conversations for new audiences.
Tim’s retrospective exhibition at The San Diego Museum of Art Beyond Reason has now been fully documented in photographs and film in a newly created virtual gallery constructed to convey the scope and scale of the exhibition which was presented in Oct 2018 – Feb 2019 over the museum’s two principal galleries.
Beyond Reason marked the premiere of Tim’s work in the U.S. and is his most significant international solo exhibition to date. Described as ‘psychologically charged’ by the Times of San Diego, the exhibition received acclaim from both the press and public and was cited as ‘one of the top US museum art shows worth traveling for’ by artnet.
New York City Arts Club, Norwood invited Tim to exhibit a showcase of representational artworks at the beginning of March, before COVID-19 enforced a lockdown. Tim also delivered an illustrated talk, retrospectively presenting his international exhibitions, residencies, commissions and projects to a full house, which was followed by a lively Q&A.
Tim has been sculpting new works in preparation for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020, which has now been postponed to the autumn (exact dates to be announced). His large-scaleHEAD II, a contemplative and quietly forceful work, will soon be ready to be cast into bronze. Tim is undertaking the meticulous and complex casting process himself, after a winter of refining the form.
The Summer Exhibition will also feature a number of smaller pagan figures: The Mummers. These sculptures were inspired by Irish folk traditions of 'mumming' or ‘mummering’ which are said to date back 2,500 years in Ulster's historical records and often revolves around ushering out the end of the year and bringing in the new. Mysterious and ancient in their appearance, masked mummers can still be found today, travelling and performing during festive seasons. Drawn to bonfire rituals and sculpted wicker man effigies, Tim encountered such mummers in County Fermanagh and Armagh. He found the survival of these customs and rituals still connected communities, giving them the light of hope in the darkest of times.
Tim will be offering a 3-7 day sculpture masterclass focusing on the fundamentals of sculpting and drawing the human figure. The dates and details of this engaging workshop will be announced in the coming weeks subject to interest, Tim is also considering an online course. For more information or to register interest, please contact Claire English, Studio Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this difficult time, Tim will donate 15% of all proceeds of his sales to NHS Charities Together, which will go towards continuing to fund essential hospital equipment and supporting NHS staff and volunteers.
The new design Tim Shaw Editions website has been fully udated and highlights works created over the past 12 months. Enquiries can be made through the website’s online form or by directly emailing email@example.com
As we emerge from lockdown into the 'new norm’ we hope you stay safe and well, and remain connected with those you love