Shropshire Star

Tributes paid following death of Shrewsbury artist Rod Shaw, aged 85

Tributes have been paid following the death of "funny, well known and smart" artist Rod Shaw at the age of 85.

Rod Shaw. Family picture

Mr Shaw, from Shrewsbury, died on September 9 and his funeral will be held at the county town's crematorium next Thursday.

Kirstie Bennett, one of Mr Shaw's three daughters, said: "My dad was funny, smart and yes a bit of a joker. He loved salmon fishing in Scotland and Ireland.

"He was an artist and an author and had written two books, Swimming With Salmon and No Picnic For Sam."

The Shropshire Star described Swimming With Salmon as packed full of tales of his childhood, adolescence, and young adult life.

An exhibition of figurative paintings by Shrewsbury artist Rod Shaw has gone on display in Telford. The Belle Vue painter will be showing a selection of his striking works, in an exhibition entitled Boats, Bathers and Wild Edric, at The Place at Oakengates Theatre until October 16. The gallery is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday (from 12noon Wednesdays) and is free to enter. PIC BY BOB GREAVES. 14/9/2010

From summer holiday adventures camping and messing about in the River Severn to a brush with the law, to art school, the Welsh mountains, a trip to France, and life in London in the swinging sixties.

Mr Shaw had been born in Shrewsbury, grew up in Whitehall Street and went to Monkmoor Boys School.