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“Accomplished painter, illustrator, and comics creator, Adam Benet Shaw has garnered acclaim across a number of artistic media. Shaw completed studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland before exhibiting in London, England and being selected as an emerging American artist to watch by European gallery owners. 

Featured in New American Painting, selected multiple times for the Arkansas Art Center’s Delta Exhibit, and shown at the prestigious “Red Clay Survey” at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Shaw’s work has been shown in over fifty group and solo shows in the US and internationally. His painted figures are featured in a 140-foot mural entitled “The History of Cotton” at the National Cotton Exchange Museum. His paintings and portraits are a treasured part of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the National Contact Bridge Museum, and private and corporate collections.

He has created storyboards for motion pictures, stage design for operas and corporate events, and character illustrations for the gaming industry. His published graphic novel work includes the series Dead In MemphisBloodstream for Image Comics, David: The Illustrated Novel for Shepherd King Publishing and Harpe: America's First Serial Killers for Cave-in-Rock Publishing.

Recently, he has been painting book covers for publishers New Pulp and Airship 27 Productions. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington.” - exhibition catalogue

EXHIBITIONS 

2019

• Seattle Erotic Art Exhibition, Seattle Center

• The Contemporary Figure, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, Colorado

2018

•  Solo show Adorn Design Studio, Seattle, Washington

2016

•  901 Comics Art Show, Solo exhibition of Illustration and cover art, Memphis

•  "Surface and Light", Solo exhibition, Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Little Rock, Arkansas

2014

•  Nude Nite, Tampa, Florida 2014

2013 

•  Solace in Numbers, Solo Exhibition, Memphis Jewish Community Center,       Memphis, Tennessee 

•  Solo exhibition, Buckman Performing Arts Center, Memphis, Tennessee

2012

•  Real People, Old Courthouse Art Center, Crystal Lake, Illinois

2011

•  Art of the Graphic Novel, Memphis Jewish Community Center, Memphis, Tennessee

2010

Sivads of March, Broad Street Art Walk

2009 

• A Class of Hicks, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee     

2008 

• Delta Exhibition 50th Annual, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas 

2007 

• Drawings, Drawings, Drawings, Hawthorn Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama 

• Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama 

2006 

• 1 of 5 artists to help complete a 138 foot Mural of "The History of Cotton" designed by David Mah – Cotton Exchange Museum, Memphis, Tennessee 

• Erotica, Group show, David Mah Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 

2005 

• Holiday Show, David Mah Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 

• Holiday Show, Hawthorn Gallery, Mountain Brook, Alabama 

• St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Pavilion – Permanent Exhibition – Portraits of founders and St. Jude 

• The Process Revealed, Mid-South Cartoonist Association –  

• Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama 

• Something of Our Common Feeling, Delta Axis at Marshall Arts, Memphis, Tennessee 

2004 

• Solo Exhibition, David Mah Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 

• PowerHouse Inaugural Art Opening, Memphis, Tennessee 

• Classical Mythology, One Man Show, Hawthorn Gallery, Mountain Brook, Alabama 

• MetLife Building Lobby, Forrest Scott Gallery, Manhattan

• American Realism, Group Show, Plus One Gallery, London, England 

• Light and Water, Family Tree Gallery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 

2003 

• Holiday Show, Hawthorn Gallery, Mountain Brook, Alabama 

• Flesh Tones and Water Ripples, One Man Show, Alpha Art Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas 

• Up with Art II, Alpha Art Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas 

2002 

• Up with Art, Alpha Art Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas 

• Solo Exhibition, Hawthorn Gallery, Mountain Brook, Alabama 

• Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama 

• Divan Studios, La Jolla, California 

• “Men: The Male Nude in Contemporary Art”, Hawthorn Gallery, Alabama

• “It’s a Human World”, Delta Axis at Marshall Arts, Memphis, Tennessee 

2001 

• “Studies in Light and Water”, Solo Exhibition, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 

• New American Painting, Exhibition in Print, Number 34 

2000 

• 43rd Annual Delta Art Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas 

• Group Show, Vertigo Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 

1999 

• 25th Prints, Drawings, and Photography Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center 

 

EDUCATION 

1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art 

1993 Edinburgh College of Art, Semester Exchange 

2011 Watts Atelier, Painting Workshop, Encinitas, California

 

PRIZES AND AWARDS 

• 2005 – Mid-South Science Fiction Writers Award 

• 2003 – Selected “Most Promising Young American Artist” by a group of  European gallery owners 

• 1995 – 1st Agnes Gund Memorial Scholarship:  $4,500 for travel 

• 1991 – Presidents merit Scholarship:  $45,000 Cleveland Institute of Art 

 

COLLECTIONS 

• Alabama Power & Light, Inc. 

• Private Collections in Los Angeles, California; Palm Springs, California; Portland, Oregon; Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; London 

• Humphreys Dunlap & Welford Law Firm 

• FedEx Corporation

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2018

• Cover art for novel "Jim Anthony vs. Mastermind", Airship 27

2017

• Opera set design, "Il Temple De La Gloire", Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra,          Berkley, CA, Design 500

• Cover Illustrations, New Pulp 

   The Spirit in the Stone

   Silver Manticore: Vol 2

2016

• 4 Oil Portraits of Mosignors, Holy Spirit Church, Memphis, Tennessee

• Museum Mural, Delta Gateway Museum, Blytheville, Arkansas, Design 500

• Cover Illustration, "Johnny Dollar", Moonstone Books

2015

• Graphic story-The Never, Never is Forever, "Memphis Noir" Anthology, Akashic Books, NY

• Illustration for Oxford American Magazine

• ProSe Productions Cover Illustrations:

    Johnny Nickle Volume 2

    Judson and Garner

    Pulp Domain: Rocky

    Pulp Domain: Nightbeat

    Asian Pulp

    Black Pulp 2

    Gangsters Only

• Cover, "Comanche Blood", Airship 27

• Cover, "Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective", Airship 27

2014 

• Cover Illustration, "The Damned Thing", ProSe Productions

• Blues Museum Mural, Tunica, MS Design 500 

• Cover and interior illustrations for Novel "In the Shadow of Her Smile", Airship 27

• Cover illustration, "Maxim Gunn", ProSe Productions

2013

• Cover Illustrations, ProSe Productions

• Commissions-Private Collectors

• Illustrations for documentary “Gangland Wire”, Life Documentaries

2012

• Cover Illustration for “Black Pulp”, ProSe Productions

• Illustrations for Edgar Allen Poe Documentary, GT Media Group

2011

• Illustrations for documentary “John Brown”, Life Documentaries

• Opera Set Design, “Medea”,  Design 500

2010

• Illustrations for Graphic Novel- “David”, Shepherd King Publishing 

• Portrait for Bridge Museum- Design 500 

2009 

• Portrait for Film Production, “Loss of a Teardrop Diamond”, Constellation                  Entertainment 

• Illustrations for Graphic Novel- “David”, Shepherd King Publishing 

• Reality Blurs – Illustrations for rpg “Iron Dynasty” 

• Publishing of “Harpe”, a graphic novel 

2008 

• MAW Productions- “Jetta/Shi-Arrow of Destiny”, cover illustration 

• Artist- “Harpe”, a graphic novel 

2007 

• Paramount Pictures – Storyboard Artist – “Warbride”, Director, Craig Brewer 

• Artist- “Harpe”, a graphic novel 

• “Kings of the Delta” CD cover design and launch party advertising 

• Private Portraits 

• Set design for independent movie production 

• Set design- Design 500, Memphis, Tennessee 

2006 

• Paramount Pictures – Storyboard Artist and costume design– “Black Snake Moan”, Director, Craig Brewer 

• Artist- “Harpe”, a graphic novel 

2005 

• Illustrations for role playing games “Rune Punk”, “The Red Temple” and “Star Fall Jungle” Reality Blurs Game studio

2004-2005 

• Creator and Artist for “Bloodstream” graphic novel published by Image Comics 

2004 

• “Full Dark” – Artist for comic book in two (2) parts 

2000-2004 

• “Dead in Memphis” – Artist and Publisher for comic book in four (4) volumes 

2002 

• Drawing Instructor, Memphis Hebrew Academy 

• Illustrations for Web-Hosting magazine – June 2001 cover; July 2001 cover; March 2002

• Adjunct Painting Instructor, Memphis College of Art 

• Advance Placement Drawing Instructor, Memphis College of Art

2001 

• Cover Illustration, “The Waiting Place”, Slave Labor Graphics

1996-2002 

• Illustration, West Rogers Advertising, Memphis, Tennessee 

1996-2013 

• Private Portrait Commissions 

© 2019 by Adam Benet Shaw. Proudly created with Wix.com  adambenetshaw@gmail.com

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