Jamie Shaw on Painting Longing and the Queer Experience

2015 Me with work
Photo: Shaw and their work


Jamie Shaw is a British artist based in London. Shaw treats his art practice as a realm of personal expression related to contemporary lived experience, believing that the personal is political. He works with intention to create intimate, sentimental musings expressing desire, longing, and failures in dreaming. 


004 2018 Me with work 1
Photo: Shaw and their work


Shaw aims to create poetic encounters of a vision informed both by the minority queer experience and myths of the artist as ‘outsider’ which emerged with Romance. The work expresses personal struggles in desire and constitutes a flawed quest for ‘pink utopia’, questioning traditional notions of masculinity whilst aiming for the Sublime. Shaw works incessantly to create his own mythology, and his deities live on a pink cloud. Shaw’s paintings provide emotive moments of self-reflection, poetry, escapism and melancholy.


001 2019 'An anchor for his floating heart' 2
Title: An Anchor For His Floating Heart


002 2019 'Blue blossom boy'
Title: Blue Blossom Boy


003 2015 'The forever-place of dreams'
Title: The Forever-Place of Dreams


2017 'Lion'
Title: Lion


2018 'Bittersweet and Strange'
Title: Bittersweet and Strange


2018 'Disenchantment'
Title: Disenchantment



To explore Shaw’s work further please visit the following platforms:





Enquiries can be emailed to enquiries@jamieshawart.co.uk


To explore more queer contemporary art please visit www.balaclavadotq.net.


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