Size : 27 x 29 inches. Full Certificate of Authenticity & Documentation. The World of Jonathan Shaw is a place of sweeping skies, vivid colours and smouldering horizons originating in the artist's extensive travels. His work is dominated by an exciting spectrum of exotic shades that are not traditionally found in the natural world, yet which translate seamlessly into his contemporary interpretations of the seascape. His inspiration ranges from the vast open spaces and unique colours of the oceans to the incandescent colours of volcanic eruptions.
He says: although much of what inspires me arises from a terrifying combination of elements, it is when nature appears at her most powerfully defiant that she is also at her most breath-taking and beautiful. As a child Jonathan always loved to paint and stood in awe of his father, a professional artist. He always felt he was destined to follow in his father's footsteps, but after leaving school found himself working in a variety of jobs, and finally finding a creative position as an interior designer.
He knew that this was not the life for him however, and eventually resigned from his job to go travelling, wanting to see the world and absorb as many different cultures as he could. He embraced new working methods and illustrative approaches to the work that began to define who he was as an artist and where he was going in terms of genre. A more spontaneous ideal emerged and he abandoned his methodical style in favour of more "free" painting onto canvas and board.
He found this new approach to be stimulating and exciting and has never looked back. Jonathan has become one of the country's leading and most successful contemporary landscape painters of the past decade o; a reputation that he continues to enjoy and build on today.
He has been elected a Fellow of the British Society of Painters and the International Guild of Artists, and his work is now held in private collections and galleries throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.