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ARCANA Minor IV is one of six little paintings from Shaw's ARCANA collection. The characters within them are out in the open after the plague years, they are still presenting in fragments; in the process of coalescing, but not quite there yet. All around hints of human figures, flashes of graffiti and glimpses of oversized typography and architectural detritus appear. It is figuration, not as we know it, but as the hypnogogic visuals you get as you’re falling asleep.


Inspired by AI, tarot cards, urban graffiti, graphic elements and architectural detritus, ARCANA Minor IV is a feast of Shaw's new colour palette: ochres, soft yellows, grass green and blue exist in and around the characters forming very much part of the story itself.


Being a painter in an electronic age means you are automatically involved with ways of looking and seeing in which technology plays a vital part. In the same way that in the past I have used various  means to find a kind of controlled chaos – creating my own Rorschach tests to respond to, throwing rags at painted surfaces – turning the canvas upside down to see what emerges - I’ve embraced AI in this show as a tool to generate interesting imagery – not to replicate but to use as a jumping off point. I enjoy the clash of the new and the ancient and was interested to challenge myself with responding in paint to these polarities. These paintings push and pull, and flirt with AI but ultimately assert themselves undoubtedly from a human head and hand…” Sarah Shaw, 2023



Oil on canvas



26.5cm x 26.5cm x 3.7cm



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