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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 Springdale, Arkansas.” 



•  Nude Nite, Tampa, Florida

•  New Year, New Visions, Stern Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico


• Seattle Erotic Art Exhibition, Seattle Center

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


•  Solo show Adorn Design Studio, Seattle, Washington


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

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


•  Nude Nite, Tampa, Florida


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

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


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


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


Sivads of March, Broad Street Art Walk


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


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


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

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


• 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 


• 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 


• 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 


• 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 


• 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 


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

• New American Painting, Exhibition in Print, Number 34 


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

• Group Show, Vertigo Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 


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



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



• 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 



• 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



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


• 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


• 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


• 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


• 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


• Cover Illustrations, ProSe Productions

• Commissions-Private Collectors

• Illustrations for documentary “Gangland Wire”, Life Documentaries


• Cover Illustration for “Black Pulp”, ProSe Productions

• Illustrations for Edgar Allen Poe Documentary, GT Media Group


• Illustrations for documentary “John Brown”, Life Documentaries

• Opera Set Design, “Medea”,  Design 500


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

• Portrait for Bridge Museum- Design 500 


• 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 


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

• Artist- “Harpe”, a graphic novel 


• 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 


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

• Artist- “Harpe”, a graphic novel 


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


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


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


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


• 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


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


• Illustration, West Rogers Advertising, Memphis, Tennessee 


• Private Portrait Commissions 

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