(1897 – 1989)
Originally working as a muralist, Harry Shaw enjoyed printmaking as well as painting. He published a bound collection of sixteen large linoleum block prints titled Quest, with eight scenes of "Coal Country" and eight scenes of "Pueblo Land." Issued in 1934, the book may have been a project for the WPA. A limited edition of 300 copies was produced by the artist, seven volumes of which are currently listed online in libraries, including the Library of Congress.
While he was never a long-term resident of New Mexico, it is clear from the subject matter of many of his artworks that Harry Shaw often visited the Southwest. One oral account has it that a number of his Arizona scenes were published by the Ford Motor Company in a small touring book. He is known to have painted scenes of Taos, New Mexico.
Shaw was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1897. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Cleveland School of Art, and Ohio University, where earned his master's degree. He went on to establish the art department at Ball State University in Indiana, then returned to Ohio to teach at Miami University. In 1934, he published Quest, in Akron, Ohio.
Beginning around 1939, he was Associate Professor of Art at the Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) for about 20 years, except for a period serving in the military. During World War II Shaw's wife, the sculptor Margo Allen, assumed his teaching responsibilities at the Institute.
After Louisiana, Shaw and Allen moved to Long Boat Key in Florida where he continued to give classes at Bradenton Art Center and the Art League of Manatee County School. In the 1960s, the couple went abroad and exhibited in Paris and Mexico City. By 1975, they were living in Sarasota. Shaw died in Florida in 1989.
Harry Shaw's artworks are held in the collections of the Akron Art Museum, the Canton Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress.
—William R. Talbot Fine Art, Santa Fe NM (2014)
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