Stephen Shaw is a watercolour artist, based in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast. His work is highly detailed, producing a photo realistic impression while still retaining the painterly qualities and vision of the artist. The paintings are alive with colour and detail and generally focus on that which is generally perceived as drab, decaying or overlooked.: “Although important elements, the work is not merely an exercise in nostalgia or historic documentation, but also, hopefully, a fresh way of looking at ‘everyday’ places. Nothing is ‘normal’, everything is unique. Something of interest and beauty can be found almost anywhere.”
An underlying theme is the effects of nature and decay on the built fabric of the North of Ireland: how neglect, vandalism and natural weathering has rendered once pristine surfaces into multi coloured and textured semi abstract artworks in themselves.
Stephen has been the recipient of the Best Watercolour Award from the Royal Ulster Academy and the Best Townscape Award from the Ulster Watercolour Society.