Kendall Shaw's surabstract paintings inspired by biblical texts hangs in the Living Room Gallery and Narthex Gallery July 8 - August 15, 2011.
LET THERE BE LIGHT is a new body of 21 pieces that gives familiar abstraction an inner life by infusing his own buoyant spirit, and a new figurative energy into the dense matrices of these paintings.
Additionally, "The Voice of the Turtle" hangs just outside the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. This piece is an example of Shaw's recombinant modernism. Realistic cutout depictions of flowers, birds and turtle seemingly emanate from a vertical "minimalist" rectangle of stretched canvas painted ethereal blue. The figures spread out directly onto the wall as a lyrical evocation of Song of Solomon 2:12.
Kendall Shaw was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, in a multi-cultural milieu that featured jazz, and the occasional glitter and glamor of Mardi Gras. He trained first in math and science, but eventually focused on his passion for painting. With friends and teachers that included Mark Rothko, George Rickey, Ralston Crawford and Stuart Davis, his life as an artist began in earnest when he moved to New York City. Since mid-twentieth century, both as a practitioner and teacher at such school as Hunter College and Columbia University, he has been tireless in pursuing all means of cultivating the vital power of visual images.
Kendall Shaw's work is in many private and public collections, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoya, Japan; and Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York.