BIOGRAPHY

Leslie Shaw was born and educated in Saskatchewan, attending university in the sixties and receiving a teaching certificate and B.A major in Visual Art. After teaching on the prairies and then in Toronto, she completed two years at the (then) Ontario College of Art before moving to Thunder Bay, Ontario. In 1996 she began attending Lakehead University as a part time student in Fine Arts, receiving an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003. Her work is largely representational, derived from the photographs she takes of her personal environs, interiors and gardens, and the rural and urban landscape of Northwestern Ontario. Shaw works in acrylics, translating her 4x6 inch photographs into paintings no smaller than 2x3 feet, using areas of solid colour in a reductive process and evidencing a sense of space that references both Canadian historical art and her childhood on the prairies.

 

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

In the majority of her paintings, Shaw's main interest is the effective of light and its ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Working from photographs allows her to capture light in the moment of illumination. She rejects a hundred views before she finds one worthy of capturing on film; rejects a hundred photographs before she finds one worthy of capturing on canvas. She is mainly interested in the interaction between man and nature; man attempts to dominate nature in many ways, yet nature over time erodes, weathers and tames man's efforts.

Her series on rock cut rocks shows the result of this contact between man and nature. We pass the ubiquitous rock faces, seldom noticing them, yet man's violent contact reveals the hidden inner beauty and history of the rock in infinite variety of line and colour. The result are paintings in which in many respects are abstract works of art - the subject is reduced to the interaction between line, space, colour and texture.

News

Etobicoke Civic Centre Gallery

"Lakehead Art Collective: Introspective Visions" 

May 2017

6 Works

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2015 Leslie Shaw, Espresso Joya, Thunder Bay

2012 Leaf and Light, Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie

2009 The Limnology Project "Rock Revealed," Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON (recipient of an Ontario Arts council Northern Arts Grant)
2006 "Emerging Artists Series," Definitely Superior Art Gallery, ON
2005 "Paintings, Now and Then," Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay, ON
2005 "Floral Lexicon," Pictograph Gallery, Atikokan, ON
2003 "Exhibition," Study Coffess House, Lakeheadu University, Thunder Bay, ON

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

JURIED

2017 Lakehead Art Collective: Introspective Visions, Etobicoke Civic Centre Gallery, Etobicoke, ON

2017 Ineffeble, Annual Juried Exhibition, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON

2015 Sensibilia, Annual Juried Exhibition, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON

2014 Thunder Bay Art Gallery "The North Now", 3 works accepted, Jurors Award

2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001 "Annual Regional Juried Exhibition," Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
2004, 2001, 1999, 1997 "Annual Regional Juried Exhibition," Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
2003 "Lakehead University Alumni Show," Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 "Lakehead University Visual Arts Annual Juried Show," Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON

OTHER

2013 Liar, Liar, Thunder Bay Historical Museum, Thunder Bay, ON

2005 Lakehead University Alumni Art Exhibition 25 Years
2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 "Members Show," Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
2003 "Retrograduate," Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
2003 "Major Studio Show," Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
2002-2003 "Ad Infinitium," Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON 2005, 2002, 2000, 1998 "Art For All," Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON (Placed in top ten Viewers' Choice, 2005)
2000 "Fourth Year Drawing Show," Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
2004, 2003, 2002 "People, Places and Things," Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay, ON

1999 "People, Places and Things," Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay, ON Guest Student Artist

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