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Garry Shead (B.1942)Australian artist  paintings, prints share on your Recommend    Recommend

Biography: Garry Shead is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed Australian artists, represented around the world including National Gallery of Australia, Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Wollongong City Art Gallery, National Museum Budapest Hungary, Shepparton Art Gallery, Visual Arts & Crafts Board Sydney, Phillip Morris Collection Canberra, Sydney Morning Herald Collection, State Bank Sydney, University of Western Australia, University of NSW, Australian National University, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane City Art Collection, Artbank, National Film Library, Parliament House Canberra. Shead's 'Queen of Suburbia' sold for $432,000 and 'Revelation' $312,000 see auction results - Videos - Limited Edition prints

Click to Enlarge: Garry Shead 'The Dancing Lesson' Oil on Linen, Image: 76 cm x 62 cm
Garry Shead 
The Dancing Lesson
Oil on Linen

Image Size: 76 cm x 62 cm
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SOLD: Garry Shead 'Tango' Oil on board, Signed Lower right GARRY SHEAD,76 x 62 cm, Framed: 112 x 97 cm
Garry Shead 
Tango
Oil on board
Image Size:
76 cm x 62 cm
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SOLD: Garry Shead 'The Last Tango' Oil on Board, Signed lower right: GARRY SHEAD, 60 x 45 cm
Garry Shead

The Last Tango
Oil on Board
Image Size: 60 cm x 45 cm
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SOLD: Garry Shead 'DANCERS' Oil on board, 60 x 45 cm
Garry Shead
Dancers
Oil on Board
Image Size: 60 cm x 45 cm
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SOLD: Garry Shead 'Dance' Oil on Board, 76 x 62 cm
Garry Shead
Dance
Oil on board
Image Size: 76 cm x 62 cm
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Click to Enlarge: Garry Shead 'The Awakening'
Garry Shead
The
Awakening
Collagraph

65 x 90 cm

Price unframed: $8,000 
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Click to Enlarge: Garry Shead 'The Wave'
Garry Shead
The Wave
Collagraph
64 x 90 cm
Price unframed: $8,000  Buy Now
Click to Enlarge: Garry Shead 'The Arrival'
Garry Shead
Th
e Arrival
Collagraph
65 x 90 cm
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Click to Enlarge: Garry Shead 'The Supper'
Garry Shead
The Supper
Collagraph
65 x 90 cm
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Click to Enlarge: Garry Shead 'The Sacrifice'
Garry Shead
The Sacrifice
Hand colour Etching
60 x 89 cm
Price unframed: $8,000  Buy Now
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Click to Enlarge: Garry Shead 'The Bride'
Garry Shead
The Bride
Hand colour Etching
60 x 90 cm
Price unframed: $8,000  Buy Now
Elick to Enlarge: Garry Shead 'Thirroul'
Garry Shead
Thirroul
Collagraph
65 x 90 cm
Price unframed: $8,000  Buy Now
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Garry Shead 'Goya 4' Etching, Price: SOLD
Garry Shead
Goya 4
Etching
Price:
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Garry Shead 'Goya 1' Etching, Price: SOLD
Garry Shead
Goya 1
Etching
Price:
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Garry Shead 'Goya 2' Etching Price: SOLD
Garry Shead
Goya 2
Etching
Price:
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Garry Shead 'Goya 3' Etching Price: SOLD
Garry Shead
Goya 3
Etching
Price:
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Videos and Reviews 

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VIDEO: Garry Shead talking about art of etching and the meaning behind his latest work with Berkeley Editions "The Bride (Mount Pleasant)".

VIDEO: An Interview with Garry Shead and Martin Sharp 2 min - 24 Feb 2009

VIDEO: Garry Shead talking about art of etching and the meaning behind his latest work with Berkeley Editions "The Bride (Mount Pleasant)" - 6 minutes

VIDEO: ABC TV Sunday Afternoon, Australian National Art Review, Boyd family exhibiting together for the first time under one roof,  in Galeria Aniela fine art gallery, NSW
ABC TV Sunday Afternoon Boyd exhibition in Galeria Aniela  VIDEO gallery site

VIDEO: Best of Boyd exhibition in Galeria Aniela on the ABC TV Australian National News 
Best of Boyd exhibition in Galeria Aniela (Click on the image)  Aniela talks about art

 

VIDEO: ABC TV Australian National News, Review, Best of Boyd exhibition officially open by Cameron O'Reilly, Deputy Chairman Australia National Art Gallery in Galeria Aniela, NSW, Australia
the ABC TV National News,  the Best of Boyd exhibition at Galeria Aniela May 1997  VIDEO gallery site

VIDEO: ABC TV Sunday Afternoon, Cameron O'Reilly, Deputy Chairman Australian National Art Gallery Canberra open the exhibition in Galeria Aniela
Best of Boyd exhibition in Galeria Aniela (Click on the image) VIDEO:
John Perceval Retrospective ABC TV News, Art Review by Anne Maria Nicholson, the Senior Journalist ABC TV and Current Affairs, artworks 1946-1999 for public viewing and acquisition on ABC TV Australian National News, Galeria Aniela, NSW

the ABC TV National News John Perceval Retrospective at Galeria Aniela, August 2000 VIDEO gallery site - watch now 

VIDEO: Charles Blackman Art Review by Walter Granek, the Blackman Trust Curator, Retrospective Exhibition artworks 1945-1985 for public viewing and acquisition in Galeria Aniela, NSW copyright
VIDEO Charles Blackman exhibition reviewed by the Blackman Trust Curator, Walter Granek, paintings (1945-1985) VIDEO gallery site - watch now  

VIDEO: Charles Blackman Dreams with Barry Humphries   

VIDEO: Hon. Bob Hawke the longest serving Prime Minister of Australia talks about the significant contribution of Aboriginal art and culture

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The Dancing Lesson

Garry Shead, The Dancing Lesson, Oil on Linen, 76.5 cm x 62 cm

Garry Shead

The Dancing Lesson

Oil on Linen

Image Size: 76 cm x 62 cm

Signed lower right: GARRY SHEAD

The painting is a masterwork, painted with great attention to details in superb color tone,  bathed with subtle light texture.

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About The Dancing Lesson & about Oil on linen

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"Oil on Linen' assures a painting eternal archival.
Paintings
'Oil on linen' are more valuable (than 'Oil on Board') and fetch higher-prices.

'The Dancing Lesson' is an exquisite masterwork, painted with great attention to details, in superb color tone, bathed with subtle texture of light.

'The Dancing Lesson' is tender, passionate and romantic. With warm sensuousness through which the female flesh glows in a rich radiance, Garry Shead achieves a great lyricism in the paint surface. The female dancer is of great sensuous beauty and lyrical charm wearing scarlet lipstick and sexy high hills shoes. The male dressed in an evening suit, in shy ecstasy, besotted, is dancing with a beautiful female, almost nude. The Dancers are dancing and kissing in trance, with eyes closed, daydreaming in bliss and delight.

'The Dancing Lesson' reveals the door way, the source of dynamic light. The indication of an open door is a path to free will and leisure pursuits. Increasingly these intimate interior settings allude to full of life seductive dream-like reality where ideas and interpretations can float free from gravity and verbal associations into trance of ecstasy. The painting takes the viewer on a journey to pleasure activity considered being of a private nature. The couple is unaware of being observed and the viewer becomes the voyeur. There is a strong aspect of erotic wish-fulfilment and a hint of a more metaphysical dimension, relating it to the dance of life. The Dancing Lesson is performed on an allegorical stage like the arena of life.

The Dancers are evidently tender, passionate and romantic and it is one of the most exquisite series of paintings that the artist has done. The female dancer is of great sensuous beauty and lyrical charm wearing scarlet lipstick and sexy high hills shoes. The male dressed in an evening suit, in shy ecstasy, besotted, is dancing with a beautiful female, almost nude. They are sometimes kissing and dancing in trance often with eyes closed, daydreaming in bliss and delight.

The Dancer take the viewer on a journey to take pleasure in activity considered being of a private nature. The couple is unaware of being observed and the viewer becomes the voyeur. There is a strong aspect of erotic wish-fulfillment and a hint of a more metaphysical dimension, relating it to the dance of life. The couple Dance is performed on an allegorical stage like the arena of life.

The Dancers series of paintings first appeared in the mid-nineties, the dancing series serves as a metaphor for the dance of life and the path which a couple must negotiate through life’s journeys. It is as much about love and tenderness, about passion and desire, as it is about voyeurism and erotic wish-fulfilment. In Dancers, Garry Shead achieves a great lyricism in the paint surface, a warm sensuousness through which the female flesh glows in a rich radiance. The Dance series of paintings repeatedly reveal the door-way that is the source of dynamic light. The indication of an open door is a path to free will and leisure pursuits. Increasingly these intimate interior settings allude to full of life seductive dream-like reality where ideas and interpretations can float free from gravity and verbal associations into trance of ecstasy.

Shead’s DH Lawrence series of the early 1990s appeared as a single breath of creation, as Garry Shead later observed: “Everything just flowed, I didn’t have to push anything … Once the eyes started looking out, that’s when the paintings became alive, they got a dynamic to them.”  The brilliance and success of this series in part reflects the richness of the associations which it evokes. Set within the recognisable Australian coastal scrubland, the paintings neither narrate episodes in Kangaroo, nor the experiences of Lawrence and his wife Frieda in Thirroul, but create a rich and ambiguous fabric of vision. They are wonderfully vivid allegorical paintings. The ubiquitous kangaroo and the voyeuristic magpie which occur in many of the works may refer to what Lawrence termed the strange “invisible beauty of Australia, which is undeniably there, but which seems to lurk just beyond the range of our white vision”.

The Royal Suite series of paintings was created between 1995 and 1998, the historical reference may be to the white goddess of Australia and the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954, but the paintings touch on a much broader frame of reference. The queen, accompanied by her lecherous consort, encounters Blinky Bill koalas, emus, kangaroos and ceremonial Aboriginals, while she knights merino sheep on red carpets before her wide-eyed subjects. The series may be interpreted as part of the republican discourse, a post-colonial critique of British occupation of Australia and the reconciliation movement with our indigenous peoples, but also in part it expresses our yearning to believe in myths and fairy tales.

More recently Shead created the 'Ern Malley' series of  paintings. Ern Malley series is a culmination of several years of thinking and artistic experimentation inspired by the poems of Australia’s most enigmatic poet. While it has been argued by some that Ern Malley and the 16 poems which comprise The Darkening Ecliptic are simply a literary hoax designed to discredit modernism, Shead through his paintings, drawings, collages, etchings and ceramics argues that the poems are greater than the conscious petty intrigues of their authors and have created in the Australian psyche the image of the creative individual and his precarious path in a materialistic world. Arguably these are some of his most wonderful and evocative paintings to date.

In 1993 Shead was awarded the Archibald Prize and in 2004 the Dobell Prize for drawing
. Shead belongs to that group of figurative artists who included his friends Brett Whiteley and Martin Sharp, who were not swept up by the trend towards abstraction which was dominating the Sydney art scene. Like them, Shead initially found more favour with the public, than with critics, curators and the institutionalised art establishment.

Garry Shead prices
Garry Shead is a brilliant and expressive painter as well as printmaker. Shead small 'black and white' Etchings can be acquired through galleries generally for around $3,000. Garry Shead small drawings are still modestly priced, starting at $4,400 in galleries but generally achieve higher prices at auctions. At exhibitions Garry Shead oil paintings Philip Bacon in Brisbane and Australian Galleries Sydney as well as Paul Greenaway in Adelaide range in price from $165,000 to $380,000. Though Garry Shead oil paintings are good investment and appreciate much more then Etchings and Collagraphs. And apparently most Garry Shead exhibitions sell out very quickly.

Garry Shead Prices at Auction
Garry Shead work has a reputable presence in the secondary market. His prices have grown in years and his works appears frequently at auction, generally it has been the small oils or works on paper and not the huge recent major paintings which have achieved top dollar prices.

Garry Shead 'Queen of Suburbia' Oil on canvas Est: $200,000-300,000 Sotheby's sold for $432,000 and 'Revelation' (Royal Suite) 1997 Oil on canvas sold for $312,000 by Menzies. Garry Shead 'Epiphany' 1998 Oil on canvas fetch $216,000 at Deutscher~Menzies and Shead modest size canvas ‘The Dance’ sold at Lawson-Menzies for $143,100 while another relatively small canvas ‘The secret’ sold at Christies in 2003 for $129,500 more information.

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Auction Results

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under the freedom of information we compiled relevant facts for you to enjoy. We believe in sharing the knowledge and express deep gratitude to the websites below in particular, and also to all Australian National galleries, Australian and International Press for the information they share with us, without them our research would not be available. We hope you will enjoy the free services.

Shead’s prices have grown dramatically in years. While Garry Shead’s work appears frequently at auction, generally it has been the small oils or works on paper and not the huge recent major paintings which have achieved top dollar prices. Garry Shead’s work has a reputable presence in the secondary market. His modest size canvas ‘The Dance’ sold at Lawson-Menzies in 2003 for $143,100 while another relatively small canvas ‘The secret’ sold at Christies in 2003 for $129,500

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$432,000

Garry Shead Queen of Suburbia, Oil on canvas, signed and dated 97 lower left; inscribed with title on the reverse, 166 x 212 cm, Est: $200,000-300,000, Sotheby's Australia, Important Australian Art, Melbourne, Lot No. 17 , 27/08/2007

$312,000

Garry Shead Revelation (Royal Suite), 1997, Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right: Garry Shead 97, 173 x 229 cm Est: $250,000-320,000 Menzies, Australian & International Fine Art, Sydney, Lot No. 36 , 24/03/2011

$216,000

Garry Shead Epiphany 1998,  Oil on canvas, signed lower left: Garry Shead, 166 x 212.5cm Est: $160,000-200,000 Deutscher~Menzies Australian & International Paintings Sydney Lot No. 41, 16/03/2005

$204,000

Garry Shead The Great White Goddess, 1998, Oil on canvas, signed lower left: Garry Shead, inscribed verso with title and date, 122 x 153 cm Est: $180,000-240,000, Deutscher and Hackett, Important Australian + International Art, Melbourne, Lot No. 24 , 20/04/2011

$204,000

Garry Shead Young Prince 2003, Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right: Garry Shead 03, inscribed verso: Young Prince, 136.5 x 182.5 cm Est: $180,000-230,000 Deutscher~Menzies Australian and International Art Sydney, Lot No. 27, 15/03/2006

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Garry Shead 'The Awakening'The Awakening
David Lawrence Series
 

Artist: Garry Shead

Edition of 80  Year: 2002
Medium:
Collagraph

Image size: 65 cm x 90 cm

Paper size: 76cm x 102cm
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Garry Shead 'The Wave'Title: The Wave

Artist: Garry Shead

Medium: Collagraph
Edition of 80
Year: 2002
Image Size: 64 x 90cm

Paper size: 76cm x 102cm
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Garry Shead 'The Arrival'Title: The Arrival
2003 David Lawrence Series

Artist: Garry Shead

Medium: Collagraph
Edition of 80
Year: 2003
Image Size: 65 x 90cm

Paper size: 77 cm x 102 cm

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Garry Shead 'Checkmate'Title: Checkmate
David Lawrence Series  

Artist: Garry Shead

Medium: Collagraph
Edition of 80
Image size: 65 cm x 90 cm
Paper size: 76cm x 102cm
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Garry Shead 'Thirroul'Title: Thirroul
David Lawrence Series

Artist: Garry Shead

Medium: Collagraph
Edition of 80
Year: 2002
Image size: 65 cm x 90 cm
Paper size: 76cm x 102cm
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Garry Shead 'The Supper'Title: The Supper

Artist: Garry Shead

Medium: Collagraph
Edition of 80
Image Size: 65 x 90 cm

Paper size: 76cm x 102cm
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Garry Shead 'The Sacrifice'Title: The Sacrifice

Artist: Garry Shead

Medium: Multi-plate hand colour Etching
Edition of 65
Year: 2009 September
Image Size: 60 x 89 cm
Paper size: 78 cm x 108 cm
Colours: 9   Plates: 4
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Garry Shead 'The Bride'Title: The Bride Mount Pleasant

Artist: Garry Shead

Medium: Multi-plate hand colour Etching
Edition of 55   Year: 2010
Image size: 60 x 90 cm
Paper size: 79 x 109 cm
Colour: 15  Plates: 2 plates printed
à la poupée

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Garry Shead: 'This is a picture of what I imagine it was like at the vineyards at Mount Pleasant when my uncle Maurice O'Shea's bride sat at the table and surveyed the incredible world she had entered. Although their marriage was not to last, Marcia was the inspiration of Maurice's greatest wines.'

 

What is a limited edition print?

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A Limited Edition Print is derived from an image produced from a block, a plate, a stone, on zinc, copper or some similar surface on which the artist has worked closely with a print maker or master printer. Unlike paintings or drawings, prints exist in multiples. The total number of impressions an artist decides to make for any one image is called an edition.

Each impression in an edition is numbered and personally signed by the artist.

An image may be based on an original painting, 'after an oil', or the artist (as in the case of Arthur Boyd) may paint "maquettes" specifically for prints. The artist may also create an image directly onto the plates, depending upon the chosen medium.

Each of the various methods of printmaking yields a distinct appearance. Artists choose a specific technique in order to achieve a desired result. The choice made by the artist to produce an image "in print" is the same as choosing to work in oil or any other medium. The only difference in print lies in the possibility of producing a number of near identical images

Collagraph

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Collagraphs can combine the techniques of both Relief and Intaglio printing and provide the opportunity to achieve wonderful colours and textures. Collagraphs are created by building up the texture on the surface of the plate which is then inked in relief and printed.

A multiple of colours is then applied to the surface of the plate and reprinted until the final image is captured. The textured surface more closely simulates the painterly effects of the original artwork.

Etching

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Etching begins with a metal plate, usually of copper, that has been covered with a waxy surface called a "ground". The artist creates a composition by drawing through the ground to expose the metal. The plate is then immersed in an acid bath that chemically dissolves the exposed lines. The ground is then removed, ink is introduced into the incised lines and the plate is wiped clean. The plate is then covered with dampened paper and run through a press under great pressure in order to force the paper into the lines, resulting in the raised characteristic of etching

More on Techniques and Terminology

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The following are some of the principle printmaking techniques and terminology from Berkeley Editions please click on the links below for further information.

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