Growing up with Jehovah’s Witnesses parents who believed the world would end in 1975 affected Phil Shaw’s psyche and his art: he challenges the accepted, the apparent, he searches for a truth or a deeper meaning. Beneath the clever, interesting and aesthetically pleasing Bookshelf series, the genuine book titles reveal a hidden narrative: 'Group of 8', given by David Cameron to the G8 leaders, contains an Adam Smith quote; each 'Londonensi Subterraneis' work includes the names of a line of Tube stops; 'For Piet’s Sake II' pokes fun at the millions of words written about an artist - Mondrian - who worked primarily in four colours and two shapes.
Hedge, issue 31, August 2014, pp58-64
Phil Shaw, Londonensi Subterraneis: Districtus Linea, 2012
Eight colour pigment based archival print on Hahnemuhle paper. 101 x 38 cm. Edition of 45
Courtesy of the artist and Rebecca Hossack Gallery