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Reflections, 2021, Oil on canvas, 72 x 51 cm.

Jump, 2021, Oil on canvas, 61.5 x 61.5 cm.

See through, 2021, Oil on canvas, 122.5 x 92 cm.

Hushed, 2021, Oil on paper, 25 x 25 cm.

Stage left, 2021, Oil on canvas, 122.5 x 95 cm.

George Robertshaw

My practice is keenly engaged with the discourse of painting through a concentration on material and historical concerns.

By concentrating on the details of the painted surface, my practice explores the medium of paint through the language of abstraction. With a strong emphasis on colour, my work seeks to interrogate conventional materials and processes of paintings, and thereby notice how these elements impact what is perceived. Created on a large scale, the paintings produce an immersive experience for the viewer and draw attention to the subtleties of the painted plane.

While the principal attention is given to the materiality of paint, my practice references a wide variety of historical sources including the approach of American Abstraction, Absurdist Literature, and Ancient Egyptian Belief Systems. The result of this synthesis of ideas are paintings which often evoke in the viewer personal responses and introspective contemplation.

Final year project

False Doors


First prize winner of The Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers Annual National Craft Competition, 2019, presented by John Briner, FIOC.
Winner of the John Mack Award for student excellence and endeavour, 2018, presented by Vice-Chancellor Robert Allison.
Private commission for the 450th Anniversary of the Royal Charter to the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers, 2021.
Private commission for Former Lord Mayor of The City of London Sir Charles Bowman, 2018.
Private commission for The Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers as a gift to The Swiss Guild of Zimmerleuten of Zurich, 2017.