Greg Shaw was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he currently lives and works as a teacher. Having received a National Diploma in Graphic Art and Design from Harare Polytechnic. Shaw was subsequently awarded a BA cum laude in Art History and Music in History and Society from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Shaw is a multi-disciplinary artist whose digital drawings, paintings, and sculptures explore the effects of the country’s political mile-stones, land-reformation, trauma, and violence.
We see this in works like Red Fence/Legacy and The Last Post and other Democratic Structures (2018), where the artist uses combinations of mud, wood, wire, aluminium, paper, oil, nails, and bolts to create abstract, symbolic references to power and violence. As the titles suggest, these are all materials commonly associated with fences — man-made structures that are designed to protect or designate territory. At the same time they are divisive markers that speak to continued histories of conflict, violence, and exclusion; of frontier wars and enforced boundaries.
Exhibitions include Expectations: Pre-Election Selection (2018), From Line To Form (2018), and State of the Land (2017) at Gallery Delta in Harare (Zimbabwe); Zimbabwe Meets Italy at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare (Zimbabwe: 2018); Vernissage at the Nadine Gallery, Paris (France: 2011); and the Zimbabwe Annual Heritage exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare (Zimbabwe: 1994). He also exhibited work at Munich Contempo International Art Fair, Munich (Germany: 2011).
Greg Shaw works are featured in the Zeitz MOCAA exhibition, Five Bhobh – Painting at the End of an Era (2018 – 2019).