Podcast: Artist interview - George Shaw and Patrick Langley

The painter George Shaw grew up on a post-war council estate on the edge of Coventry. This estate and the woods that lie just beyond it have been the main subjects of Shaw’s work for the past 20 years. 

In this podcast, Shaw discusses some of the themes and influences behind his work with novelist Patrick Langley, in a conversation that ranges from post-war town planning, to punks, apocalyptic literature, and ‘the everydayness of the end of the world’. 

Artist interview: George Shaw and Patrick Langley by Southbank Centre: Think Aloud


There’s something about subcultures and teenagers that the woods were very attractive to. Quite often, instead of people wearing barbour jackets, and dogs, you would find skinheads or punks sitting in the woods, listening to music, drinking cans, smoking, and just generally getting up to their lives out of the sight of grownups.
George Shaw, artist


Three paintings and a large-scale drawing by George Shaw can be seen in the Hayward Gallery exhibition Among the Trees.

Shaw was Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London, from 2014 to 2016, culminating in a solo exhibition, My Back to Nature, which also toured around the UK. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011.

Patrick Langley is a writer who lives in London. His first novel, Arkady, was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2018. Langley writes about art for frieze, Art Agenda and other publications, and is a contributing editor at The White Review.

Though Hayward Gallery is currently closed, you can purchase the catalogue for Among the Trees online

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