A deep ecological awareness underlies Norman Shaw’s practice. His artworks are visual representations of the liminal zone where ecological awareness overlaps with mythic consciousness. Experience of wild woods, mountains and wildernesses become portals into the unbroken totality from which our reality is born. Shaw also draws heavily on the indigenous mythologies of his native Highlands, peering through the veil of separateness to find archetypal symbols that reveal the essential unity of experience.
Solo excursions into remote Highland wilderness; mountain gloom; mountain ecstasy; the limits of perception; nonduality; idealist philosophy, fractal geomancy; mystical anarchy; hauntology; geoshamanism; rhizomatic cartography; sonorous topography; pataphysical science; the inhuman; liminalism; transcendental psychographies; crepuscular metarchaeology; dark green ecology; apocalyptic iconographies; strangeness; the numinous; the uncanny, the post-sublime; the impingement of the cosmic, lawless, and mystical upon the prosaic sphere of the known; disillusionism; dissolutionism; delusions; deliriums; non-phenomena; transsensory frequencies; subharmonics; sonic heresies; nocturnal thickets; dim forests; gothic melancholy; transmortal consciousness; metaGaelic otherworlds; Celtic twilights; northern post-romanticism, bardic dadaism, hyperborealism; sacred geometry; secret geology; nomadic amnesia; dusk jockeying; the unpresentable, are some of Shaw's preoccupations.
Grew up in the Scottish Highlands. Currently lives in Glenlyon in Highland Perthshire, Scotland.
PhD Fine Art, University of Dundee (1998-2003)
MFA Painting, Edinburgh College of Art (1994-1996).
MPhil Art History, Edinburgh College of Art (1993-1994)
MA (1st class hons) Fine Art, University of Edinburgh (1988-1993)
Over 25 years' experience teaching fine art, contemporary art practice, history and theory, and critical and contextual studies, from undergraduate to PhD level, at Universities across Scotland.
Exhibits and publishes nationally and internationally.