The luminous imaginary landscapes of Sloat Shaw will be shown at Safe-T-Gallery from April 4 through May 3, 2003, the first New York one-woman show by this widely respected Boston area painter. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday April 5th from 3 to 6 PM at the gallery.
     With their many layers of paint and glaze and occasional re-stitched slashes, the large paintings from Shaw’s “After the Flood” series lead the viewer into the depths of a primordial imagined Earth. Chasms, spills, perilous paths, her signature sticks, swirling skies and voids, all in luminescent, layered colors are, wrote Lisa Falco in artsMedia, “at once foreboding and uplifting, managing to unite the decay of massive landforms with a suggestion of regeneration, healing and regrowth….Though the paintings and prints in the “Flood Series” range in size, they all seemed big to me. Perhaps this has to do with the way Shaw fills the frame of her paintings, capturing in each work one fragmentary, still moment of an otherwise vast and tempestuous world.”

     Sloat Shaw’s paintings, mysterious worlds both foreboding and redemptive, will be accompanied by a series of Iris prints based on earlier paintings in the “After the Flood”, “At the Time of the Flood” and “3 Sticks” series.
     Shaw has an honors degree in anthropology from Barnard College and completed the five year program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she received the Print Prize. She won the Silvermine - Grumbacher Painting Prize in 1994, awarded by Diane Waldman, then head curator of the Guggenheim Musuem. Widely exhibited at American and overseas galleries and institutions, including one woman shows at Simmons College and Pine Manor College, Kantar Fine Arts in Boston and Chalk Farm Gallery in Santa Fe. Her work is in Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, the Boston Public Library, Rutgers’ Zimmerli Museum, the Suricov Institute in Moscow, and in over fifty private collections.