TIM A SHAW

TIM A SHAW_GARDEN INTERVIEW JOH BATES STUDIO

Tim A Shaw

Tim A Shaw is a London based contemporary artist. He graduated from his BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Central St Martin’s College of Art in 2005. Since then he has exhibited his installations, light sculptures, paintings, and mixed media assemblages in the UK and abroad. Much of his work explores moments of transition; in-between states of bodies and fleshy masses as they transform, evolve and heal.

Previous group and solo exhibitions have included: In Your Face at Show Studio, London; Art:I:Curtate’s Artist Salons, London; Intangible Beauty: Go Out Alone and in the Dark at Kasher| Potamkin, New York; and The Pierrot Project at Generation & Display, London. Site specific installations have included: Crazy Golf – Live at the Apollo and Crazy Golf @ The Deptford Project; and Lightsource Event Comission at The Wapping Project, London.

Upcoming projects include a site specific crazy golf course installation at Grosvenor, London in October; a group exhibition titled Toys at The Crypt Gallery, London in November; and he is currently working on a project with the curator Niamh White called Hospital Rooms which will have artists redesigning rooms and public spaces in mental health wards, starting with Phoenix Ward at Springfield University Hospital in South West London.

See www.timashaw.com

EARLIEST MEMORY OF A GARDEN 

There’s a small stone statue in my grandparents’ garden in Cardiff that’s called Lulu. I remember my grandad being very fond of it, and one of the first films I made was of my grandparents talking about it. My grandad, who turned 99 last month, recently got a mobile phone with a camera, and the first thing he did was send me a picture of LuLu.

Lulu_Joh Bates Studio

LuLu.

FAVOURITE PLANTS

Broccoli

Dandelion

Sunflower

Courgette flower

Cauliflower

WHAT AND WHERE IS YOUR GARDEN NOW

Just outside my flat in Bethnal Green there is a bathtub that the previous tenants grew flowers in. Things still grow in it.

FAVOURITE GARDEN OR OUTDOOR SPACE, WHY?

Cesar Manrique’s house in Lanzarote. It is built on a volcanic trail and there is an indistinguishable line between outside and inside as lava flows into the house. Open- roofed rooms have been designed in volcanic bubbles, and his tools, artworks and animal skulls are integrated with the volcanic landscape in the gardens.

Cesar Manrique Foundation_Joh Bates Studio

Cesar Manrique’s house, Lanzarote

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Hauser and Wirth, Somerset.

he Bog, County Laois_Joh Bates Studio

The bog, County Laois, Ireland

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The Nile, Uganda.

MONEY IS NO OBJECT, DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM GARDEN

A city rooftop which would have a crazy golf course, apple trees and a long table to eat on.

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