11/12/2012 – The Death and Life of The Shankill

“The Death and Life of The Shankill”
1981-2011

A collection of over 40 paintings chronicling the redevelopment and changing face of the Greater Shankill area of West Belfast from the 1980’s to the present.

Award winning Artist Stephen Shaw has been painting and photographing the changes to his native area of Belfast for over 30 years and this Exhibition brings together much of this ongoing project to the public for the very first time.

Until shown in Red Barn Gallery, Belfast, then again as part of Feile an Phobail Festival, Falls Road, Belfast, in 2012; many of the paintings, some made over 25 years ago, had never been seen before. Others were familiar to collectors and admirers of his work.

This Exhibition will be of immense interest to anyone following the ongoing changes Belfast City is still going through and records in detail the effects the wholescale redevelopment of the Shankill area had on its landscape and life in these times.

It is most likely the biggest collection of paintings of the Shankill area, by a single Artist, ever assembled.

An important historical document, it also showcases Stephen’s skill as a painter in watercolour. A true “Labour of Love” bringing out the very best in his talent.

In keeping with Visual Artists Ireland’s policy we require venues or events to pay artist’s fees for exhibitions.

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