George Shaw's My Back To Nature investigates the clash of cultures in the modern world

My Back to Nature is a free exhibition of more than fifty new paintings and drawings by the talented, George Shaw. The result of over two-and-a-half years as the National Gallery’s Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist, Shaw's latest work depicts the notion of juxtaposition at its best.

Based in a studio located in the heart of the National Gallery, George had swift and unrestricted access to its vast collection, able to explore out of hours and at his leisure, draw from the pictures, observe the public, and find inspiration for his own work.

The result is predominantly woodland landscapes that investigate the clash of cultures; classical stories linked with the traces of similar, timeless behaviour in the modern world; and the portrayal of religion.

From March to June 2017 the exhibition can be seen in the First Floor Gallery at the De La Warr Pavilion, as part of a tour demonstrating the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of Old Master paintings and to make exhibitions available to as wide an audience as possible.

The exhibition runs from 25 March – 18 June at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. For more information, visit www.dlwp.com.

Via Creative Boom submission | Main image: George Shaw, The Rude Screen © The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London

George Shaw, The School of Love, 2015-2016, Enamel on canvas, 46 × 55 cm. Credit: © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London

George Shaw, The School of Love, 2015-2016, Enamel on canvas, 46 × 55 cm. Credit: © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London

George Shaw, Möcht' ich zurücke wieder wanken, 2015-2016, Enamel on canvas, 178.5 × 198 cm. Credit: © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London

George Shaw, Möcht' ich zurücke wieder wanken, 2015-2016, Enamel on canvas, 178.5 × 198 cm. Credit: © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London

George Shaw, Every Brush Stroke is Torn Out of My Body, 2015-2016, Enamel on canvas, 178.5 × 198 cm. Credit: © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London

George Shaw, Every Brush Stroke is Torn Out of My Body, 2015-2016, Enamel on canvas, 178.5 × 198 cm. Credit: © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London

George Shaw mixing paints in studio © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London / photo The National Gallery, London

George Shaw mixing paints in studio © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London / photo The National Gallery, London

George Shaw with brushes in studio (close up) © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London / photo The National Gallery, London

George Shaw with brushes in studio (close up) © Courtesy: The Artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London / photo The National Gallery, London