About the Artist
Watching wood carving at his grandfather's knee in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Bill Shaw acquired a lifelong fascination with the creation of three dimensional objects. An obsession for requiring a name for everything he encountered, led to a Master's Degree from Acadia University in Taxonomy in the Biological Sciences in 1977.
Continuing interest in Art History, Fine Art, and the practice of art, compelled his continuous participation in workshops, seminars, and courses at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He settled on sculpture as the preferred practice some thirty years ago. Bill has created dozens of pieces in marble, bronze, stainless steel, ferrous steel, epoxy resin, wood, and terra cotta. The sculpture of Henry Moore, Arturo DiModica, and Louise Bourgeois are influential in the evolution of Shaw’s artistic endeavors.
As a Lifetime Member of both the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Bill has donated pieces for numerous fund raising events. Nikon Inc. and Bell Mobility hold pieces of the sculptors bronze work. Other works are held in private collections in Canada, US, and Germany. "The Blessed Sturgeon Larry" and "Sunny Day"(turtle and bumble bee) are prize winning sculptures on permanent display at the Kingsbrae Sculpture Garden in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick.
Bill now splits time between his studio in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, his Lighthouse Cottage near Lunenburg, NS, and international travel.