Shaw’s work is notable for its smooth synthesis of disparate stylistic elements to produce a simple, yet sophisticated result. Influenced by the pre-independence Company School of Art, the traditional Kalighat Pat and the Ajanta cave paintings, Shaw’s works, executed mainly in gouache or tempera, are simple and graceful, having a very still, well-composed and smooth exterior. Capturing the expressions of his subjects perfectly with the greatest economy of line and color, each of Shaw’s paintings has an intimate feel to it. His style is unique and modern in its adaptation of academic and traditional Indian formats. Shaw has exhibited extensively in India and abroad since 1956, and his works have been a part of prestigious international shows such as the British Biennale in London, 1970, two Norwegian Print Biennales in 1974 and 1978, the Paris Biennale in 1971 and the Asian Art Biennale hosted by Bangladesh in 1984. His works are part of the collections of various institutions like the Birla Academy in Calcutta and the Art Forum in Singapore. Solo exhibitions with Art Musings include Solitary Spaces, 2014; Graceful Silence; 2011, Sepia Notes; 2007. The artist lives and works in Kolkata.