Lesley Shaw is an artist and printmaker working primarily in charcoal, dip pen and ink and traditional printmaking techniques such as linocut and drypoint. Life drawings form the basis of all her work. She works quickly and instinctively to capture the beauty and simplicity of the form, looking at the shape and line the body takes. Figurative and animals feature in bold, striking images and simplistic, illustrative line drawings. Schiele and Lautrec’s mastery of figure drawing continue to inspire Lesley, as do the likes of Sybil Andrews of the Grosvenor School artists, capturing the spirit of 1930s Britain with iconic vibrant linocuts.
Lesley is now based in York, having lived and worked in London for more than 20 years. Since completing a course in Fashion Design and a BA (Hons) in Illustration, she has sold work at the Mall Galleries London, to the BBC, Manya Igel Fine Arts and has been shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Lesley has enjoyed recent success selling direct to the public through York Open Studios and Art&, and is now showing at galleries in Yorkshire and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Lesley works from Pica Studios in York, set within an 18th century print works, now housing the workshops of around 20 artists, makers, writers and musicians. She is a member of York Printmakers and the York Art Workers Association. You’ll find more of Lesley’s artwork at www.lesleyshawartist.com and on instagram lesleyshaw_artist