My first meeting with Gordon was lunch at his home in Eton, arranged by a mutual friend who taught at the college. This was in 1976, I had admired his work for several years and wanted to show it in my workshop windows. He generously agreed, so began a friendship that has been a considerable influence in my life.
A unique vocabulary of white forms with painterly additions of colour, set him apart from the rest of the pottery world. They demanded their own space and thought, questioning the prevailing views about ceramics and what they could be. Increasingly they became a stimulating marriage of sculpture and painting, playing with European Modernist themes, filtered through a British sensibility.
My aim with this choice is to capture and convey a little of the excitement that continues to enthral me.
- Anthony Shaw
Anthony Shaw has been collecting art work for 45 years. His collection is one of the most important holdings of contemporary ceramics, sculpture, two-dimensional art and other objects, with new additions being continually made. It is currently on long-term loan to the Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery.
As a collector of art, he chooses pieces based on his personal connection to the work and is particularly drawn to those that explore the sculptural and painterly qualities of clay. Marsden Woo Gallery is very excited to see him bring his unique approach to curating to this forthcoming Baldwin exhibition.