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George Shaw

Michael Berkeley's guest is artist George Shaw, whose musical choices include works by Schubert, Elgar, Purcell and Brian Eno.

A former Turner Prize-nominee, George Shaw is renowned for his highly detailed approach and suburban subject matter, and for his idiosyncratic medium - Humbrol enamel paint, typically used to colour model trains and aeroplanes.

Armed with a sketchbook, the teenage Shaw made regular day trips from his home in a caravan on a Coventry council estate to the National Gallery in order to draw from works by artists he found inspiring.

He's now back at the National Gallery with a major exhibition, My Back to Nature, the culmination of a two-year residency. He has developed into one of Britain's most inspiring contemporary painters, a close observer of nature, with the sharp eye of a Freud or Hockney.

He talks to Michael about the music that inspires his life and work and chooses works by Schubert, Elgar, Purcell and Brian Eno.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

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36 minutes

Music Played

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    What Is Life?

    Performer: Kathleen Ferrier. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • Blow The Wind Southerly.
    • Decca.
  • Henry Purcell

    Cold Song

    Performer: Klaus Nomi.
    • Klaus Nomi: The Collection.
    • RCA.
  • Brian Eno

    Patrolling Wire Borders

    • Music For Films.
    • Virgin Records.
  • Brian Eno

    M386

    • Music For Films.
    • Virgin Records.
  • Trad

    Lord of the Dance

    Music Arranger: Charles N. Daniels. Choir: St Joseph's School Choir. Director: Gordon Lorenz.
    • Hymns and Songs for Children Volume 1.
    • WORD.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto - III Adagio

    Performer: Jacqueline du Pré. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • A Lasting Inspiration.
    • EMI.
  • Joy Division

    Heart and Soul

    • Heart and Soul.
    • London.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Leiermann

    Performer: Ian Bostridge. Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Winterreise.
    • EMI.

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