Kerry Shaw Artist with Artwork Chasing Rainbows large print

Kerry Shaw is a photo-based Visual Artist from Canada, currently living in Southern California.

With a conceptual approach, she absorbs remembrance into her daily practice with a focus on detailed and colorful aesthetics. Her work explores the ever-evolving, consequential, perpetual flow of nature and the elaborately beautiful. Her background in modern dance and traditional painting is evident in a highly choreographic approach to complicated elements. A photo-illustrative process of designing seamless illustrations are made up of often hundreds of images and layers, painted into a single, printed composition.

In 2011, her family lost her brother Stuart at the young age of 23. This inspired a life-long devotion to creating epic imagery to meditate on and consolidate her loss as well as propel tributes to him into tangible visuals. Depicting the spirit of him and in turn, describing all of us within nature’s elements: we are everything, everywhere, all the time. Her translation of longing into allurement emerge as large-scale, often surreal, pigment prints.

Kerry’s work was first published in Magenta Foundation’s Carte Blanche, book of 200 of Canada’s best photographers in 2006 which helped launched her art practice internationally. She has since been included in the perpetual publication of Flash Forward, celebrating the best emerging photographers from Canada, USA and UK. Her work was recently acquired by the CAMH Hospital in Toronto, Canada for their Therapeutic Arts Installation wing.

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 Selected Group Exhibitions //

2017 "Photography Now" 8' x 12' lobby installation and gallery presented by Eye Buy Art, FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place, Toronto

2017 “Hermosa Foamy & Fluffy” AAF, NYC
2017 FOCOM Encuentro de Mujeres Fotógrafas with Foto Feminas, Santiago, Chile
2017 Feminas Noche De Proyecciones with Foto Feminas, Alimentación General, Buenos Aires
2016 “Bad Behaviour” SOFIA [Society of Females in Art] Artscape Youngplace, Toronto
2016 “Cuba Gust” The Affordable Art Fair, NYC
2015 “Cuba Gust” Love Art TO, First Canadian Place, Toronto
2015 The Affordable Art Fair, NYC
2012 “Blossom Sunrise” Flash Forward - Outdoor Exhibition, Battery Wharf Harborwalk, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
2011  “Drawn To Develop,” Street Kids International Auction, Distillery District Toronto
2010  “Drawn To Develop,” Street Kids International Auction, Distillery District Toronto
2009  Rouge Concept Gallery, Toronto
2009  “Drawn To Develop,” Street Kids International Auction, Distillery District Toronto
2008  “Drawn To Develop,” Street Kids International Auction, Distillery District Toronto
2007 “Rising Exhibition”, Contact Photography Festival, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
2006 Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts Juror Showcase, Collingwood, Ontario
2006 Apertura Gallery, Toronto
2005 44th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2004 Naked In the House, Bibianne Gallery, Toronto
2004 Outdoor Art Exhibit, Historic Distillery District, Toronto
2004 "On Our Sleeves", Trinity Square Video
2004 43rd  Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2004 “Final Pictures”, Akasa Gallery, Toronto
2004 "Found in Voids", Flipside of Film Festival, Toronto
2003 Tranz<-->Tech Toronto International Media Art Biennial, Toronto
2003 "Foot by Foot", Akasa Gallery, Toronto
2003 42nd Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2003 "Something For You To Peruse", Flipside of Film Festival, Toronto


Selected Solo Exhibitions //

2004 “Nomadic” Fressen, Toronto
2003 “Found In Voids” The Gallery, York University, Toronto

Awards/Residencies/Publications //

2018 Selected CAMH Installation Artist, Toronto
2016 Guest Judge “Snaphots: Shoot & Score” CBC Kids Television
2016 SOFIA PRESS: https://www.thefader.com/2016/05/13/canadian-media-collectives-women
2016 SOFIA PRESS: https://aquarteryoung.com/2016/05/16/7995/
2016 Launch of collective SOFIA: Society of Feminists in Art, founding member, Toronto
2015 Guest judge “Snapshots” pilot episode, CBC Kids Television
2015 Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Photography Annual
2015 Portrait of Kevin O’Leary for Report on Business nominated for Best Portrait, National Magazine Awards
2015 Communication Arts winner “Because I am A Girl”
2015 Applied Arts Photography Annual winner best landscape photography
2014 ADCC Merit Award “People For Good”
2014 Graphis Advertising  Silver “People For Good”
2014 Highlighted in Magenta Foundation’s “Flash Forward Tenth” Book
2014 Guest speaker, Full Time Photographer Podcast 
2013 Magenta Foundation’s Book of Emerging Photographers “Flash Forward”
2012 Reel World Film Festival, Official selection Director: Papermaps Music Video
2012 Much Music, MuchFact Artist Grant
2011 Magenta Foundation’s Book of Emerging Photographers “Flash Forward”
2009 Artist Profile, Photo Ed Magazine, The Altered Image - Issue 22
2007 Juror for BMFA Annual Photography Competition, Collingwood, Ontario
2006 Speaker, Canadian Camera Conference, Toronto
2006 Published works in The Magenta Foundation’s “Carte Blanche”
2006 Speaker, Toronto Camera Club, Toronto
2004 Canserrat Artist Residency, Barcelona, Spain
2004 Fashion Television subject in documentary “Naked in The House04”
2004 Winner Naked In the House photography competition, Bibianne Gallery, Toronto
2004 V-tape Arts, Internship, Toronto
2003 CASA York Artist Exhibition Grant

Education //

1999-2001 Ryerson Polytechnic University: Dance/Theatre Major, Psychology Minor
2001-2002 George Brown College, Graphic Design + Advertising
2002-2004 York University, Honours BFA

CLIENTS // Nike, Apple, Sony, Ford Motors, Las Vegas Tourism, Cialis, Johnson & Johnson, BMO, Lilly Canada, Wonderbra, Manulife Financial, Kraft Canada, Wind Mobile, Entertainment One, Remicade, Johnson & Johnson, Plan Canada, Liberal Party of Ontario, Globe & Mail, Report On Business, Global Live, Drawn to Develop, Accessible Media Incorporated, License to Learn, Adball, The Grid, IBI Group, Tidy Tab, The Hive, Mobile Jam Fest, Nancy Boy Pictures, Culture Creative & co., Osler Hospital, Eye Weekly, Today’s Parent, Aurora Photos, Canadian Music Week, Alliance Films inc, Pretty in the City, Underground Garage, Sub Zero Wolf, Kenaidan, Indigo Wild Adventures, Profit Magazine, Grazia Magazine UK, Enroute Magazine, Novus Select, Ontario College of Teachers, Toonies for Tummies, Precedent Magazine


Founding Member of SOFIA, an all-women photo collective.