Phil Shaw is a print-maker with a unique vision. He creates hyper-real images of extraordinary wit, power and formal elegance.


In his celebrated series of 'Bookshelf' prints Shaw has taken the art of digital-printmaking into an exciting new territory. He depicts books arranged on shelves, their titles merging, melting, forming unexpected connections and new dynamics.


These are images to explore and intrigue; they are clever, funny, unsettling, and beautiful. They are also superb examples of technique - printed using an innovative eight-colour process upon fine-grade Hahnemuhle paper. One of Shaw's 'Bookshelf' prints was chosen as the 'Print of the Year' by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2004.


Shaw's work stems from what he describes as,


'questions relating to what we believe, what we think we believe and what we are told to believe. Probably as a result of a strict fundamentalist upbringing, I have always been troubled by the possibility that things may not be what they appear to be and certainly not what they are said to be. As a result, I see most beliefs (even scientific ones) as a form of dogma. And I enjoy poking fun at dogma - wherever it lurks. The book titles are all absolutely genuine (with the exception of the Fiction and Friction series). I wouldn't have done the prints otherwise. They all appear in the British Library Catalogue.'


Phil Shaw was born in the West Yorkshire woolen and engineering town of Huddersfield. In 2000 he was awarded a Doctorate in printmaking from Middlesex University, where he has taught since 1980. In June last year Shaw was commissioned by the Prime Minister to create a special artwork to be presented to the world leaders attending the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. His work has been acquired by the Government Art Collection and the Lunder Art Gallery, Colby College, Maine.