Bruce Shaw


Artists Statement

I graduated as a mature student from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee University in 2009. I currently work as a self employed artist from WASPS, Meadow Mill Studios in Dundee, producing artworks for exhibition in various galleries. I also deliver art workshops/classes within the community through Perth and Kinross Council, The N.H.S. and private art groups.

In my current practice I have been focusing on individual parts of the landscape and been trying to capture the ‘genius loci’ or spirit of the place. Working in pen, pencil and printmaking (etching, lithography and lino cut) the aim is to create a body of work that gives us an immediate sense of place and atmosphere of the location. Through further observation of the wildlife and flora that exists within each unique location a body of work is built to reflect this spirit of the place.

Much of my previous work has involved looking at the human condition (within an urban environment) and been influenced by struggle and social injustice. Often ideas for the work would be inspired by a character or persons from a piece of literature, song or poem reflecting a life of toil, hope and defiance, where I would then use this as a starting point to weave my own narrative into the work.

The aim for future work is to bring these together in a way that looks at how time, place and environment has shaped both the landscape and those within it.