Graeme Shaw, "Windy Eve," 2005, oil on canvas, 52.5" x 46".
Birchwood Gallery, Yellowknife (now closed)
Opens May 25, 2006
By Anthony Watier
Graeme Shaw has a varied background and a diverse set of artistic perspectives. Born in Calgary and raised by a mother who was an artist, he spent his youth living in several different cities across the western provinces. In 1970 he started university in the US, but returned to BC and began a nine-year stint alternating as a student, an illustrator and a fine artist. In 1980 he traveled to the Northwest Territories where he taught school in Edzo, a small First Nations settlement along the northern reaches of the Great Slave Lake. During this time he began to paint and sketch. The paintings he created became so popular, he left teaching in 1986 to devote his full attention to art. From 1971, when his work first appeared in galleries, Shaw’s paintings have found their way into numerous corporate and private collections around the globe. He has done many commissions, including painting for Northwest Tel, Gulf Oil, Royal Oak Mines, Nerco Mines, Standard Aero, The Government of the Northwest Territories and Unicef, among others.
Represented by: Birchwood Gallery, Yellowknife; Gallery 223, Nanaimo, BC; Webster Galleries, Calgary; Pacif’ic Gallery, Saskatoon.