Byam Liston Shaw Biography | Oil Paintings

11-13-1872 Madras, IND - 1-26-1919 London, ENG

Shaw, Byam Liston

Byam Liston Shaw was born in India but the family returned to England in 1878 when he was six years old and they settled in Kensington. He showed early artistic skill at an early age, and in 1887 when he was fifteen years old, his artwork was shown to John Everett Millais, who recommended that he enter the St John's Wood Art School. There, he first met fellow students Gerald Fenwick Metcalfe, also born in India, Rex Vicat Cole, and Evelyn Pyke-Nott, his future wife. From 1890, Shaw studied at the Royal Academy Schools and two years later won the Armitage Prize for his painting The Judgment of Solomon.

All through his career, Byam Liston Shaw worked in a variety of media including oils, watercolor, pastels, pen, and ink. He was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and took many of his subjects from the poems of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Later in his life his popularity as an artist slowed, and he turned to teach at the Women’s Department of King's College London from 1904 and in 1910, when he left to found the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art later renamed simply the Byam Shaw School of Art, now part of Central Saint Martins, in London. Byam's wife, Evelyn Shaw was active in the new school, teaching the miniatures class, and she brought in the artist Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, to teach at the new school.

At the outbreak of the First World War John Byam Liston Shaw and Vicat Cole enlisted in the Artists Rifles although Shaw soon transferred to the Special Constabulary.

Art Movement: Pre-Raphaelite.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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