a life devoted to the abolition of hypocrisy


Mary Shaw works in charcoal, pastel, acrylic, oil, encaustic and collage. Predominantly a figurative artist,  she frequently casts her subjects in the context of literary and historical references.  Trained under the combined tutelage of printmaker Beauvais Lyons, mythical director of the Hokes Archives and painting and drawing master Thomas Riesing, Shaw likes to craft her own stories for the viewer to decipher.  After growing up in the waist-deep South, she graduated with a BFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was then determined to leave the Bible Belt to escape religious persecution, social suffocation and monodimensional living. Art degree in hand, Shaw saw only prospects ranging from sewing gingham shirts in a hard labor work camp to sweeping up after revival meetings and hitchhiked west to find another way. Shaw’s work, as one might expect, examines religious persecution and social suffocation, particularly concerning women. Her work primarily focuses on the awkward moment and points of discomfort. Shaw is the owner of Shawtecs Fine Art Installation, www.shawtecs.com