by Hiro Miyamoto

In Adam Shaw's paintings Western tradition meets Eastern sensibilities.
Adam Shaw's work combines abstract tradition with a sensibility to the present moment that is the result of an affinity for Eastern spiritual teachings. " It is no coincidence that Eastern philosophy and art came to the West at the same time that abstract painting was deconstructing the visual terrain which had characterized Western painting for centuries," says Shaw.

His paintings have lush surfaces built up over the course of 3 to 5 years or more, and a luminous tension that evokes a deep emotional response in the viewer. "I want to make paintings that are as compelling from six inches away as they are from 25 feet," says the artist , a native New Yorker who has lived in Northern California for 25 years. The work has a strong narrative component, related, perhaps, to the fact that Shaw spent many years writing and translating poetry from Greek, Latin, Russian and Italian. He also spent 15 years as a chiropractor, and working with his hands in that way has loaned itself to the sensual, textural nature of his paintings.

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