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Tessa Shaw

Tessa Shaw

Born: 1956

Hometown: Bridgwater, somerset

Based in: London and somerset

I grew up in the Somerset levels, my education and subsequent career have all had a close connection to the creative - both visual and the written work. Literature, high profile work in journalism and art have all played a vital role in developing my contemporary art practice. I have exhibited both in London and widely abroad.
My practice was initially developed at Central Saint Martins postgraduate studies as a reaction to mass digital photography. It is an opposition to both the technology of photography and the deskilled multiplicity of contemporary photographic images.
My work strips back image making where I work with my hands and without technical equipment. I use the historic alchemy of chemicals and paper and I work with foraged and found objects. The results are unique pieces and follow on in the tradition of early photography and the joy of early experimentation and the magic of the dark room.
The Japanese principle of wabi-sabi is an important philosophy to me - the acceptance that nothing is perfect and that the world is transient. I appreciate the integrity of natural objects and I value modesty and simplicity.
My influences include Richard Long, who uses natural materials to make his mark on landscapes.
Susan Derges for her reflective and mysterious cameraless images.
Adam Fuss for his use of liquid chemicals to explore early photographic techniques as the daguerreotype.
Gerhard Richter for his blurring of the photographic image to explore his inner consciousness.


9 works for sale

Electric Blue

Tessa Shaw, United Kingdom

Photography

$ 1,300

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The Waterfall by Tessa Shaw

Tessa Shaw, United Kingdom

Photography

$ 2,400

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Alive and Kicking by Tessa Shaw

Tessa Shaw, United Kingdom

Photography

$ 3,300

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The White Night by Tessa Shaw

Tessa Shaw, United Kingdom

Photography

$ 2,200

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Peace Garden by Tessa Shaw

Tessa Shaw, United Kingdom

Photography

$ 2,000

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Chirao Obscuro by Tessa Shaw

Tessa Shaw, United Kingdom

Photography

$ 2,600

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Bliss by Tessa Shaw

Tessa Shaw, United Kingdom

Photography

$ 2,300

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Dance of the Fairies by Tessa Shaw

Tessa Shaw, United Kingdom

Photography

$ 2,700

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Alive Alive O by Tessa Shaw

Tessa Shaw, United Kingdom

Photography

$ 1,300

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More About Tessa Shaw

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What inspires you?

Nature. Trees

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Describe your creative process.

Light manipulation

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Ethereal, contemplative, blue

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Susan Derges, Richard Long, Gerhard Richter

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Paper

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Follow your instinct

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Where do you go for inspiration?

Outside


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Exhibitions

London original print fair 26 to 29 may

2022

Exhibitions

London original print fair 26 to 29 may

2022

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