Garry SHEAD

Garry Shead (b.1942) is an Australian artist, printmaker and filmmaker. Shead won the 1993 Archibald Prize with a portrait of Tom Thompson and the 2004 Dobell Prize for Drawing with Colloquy with John Keats. He was also a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2009 and 2012.

Shead studied at the National Art School from 1961 to 1962. He worked as a scenic artist and then a film editor at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 1963 to 1968 as well as editing an arts paper and drawing cartoons. Shead staged his first solo exhibition with Watters Gallery in 1966. He went on to win the Young Contemporaries Prize in 1967.

During the late 1980s his style (figurative, allegoric, lyric, moody) crystallized with the Bundeena paintings, the Queen series and the D. H. Lawrence series. This last is based on Lawrence's novel Kangaroo, which was inspired by Lawrence's stay at Thirroul, near Wollongong.

"Although Garry Shead consciously locates his work within the formal, thematic and technical strategies encountered in the art of the European masters Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velasquez, Chagall, Dali and Picasso, the paintings themselves ... explore a very localised and specifically Australian reality." (Ref: Dr Sasha Grishin, 2001)

Shead is represented in the National Gallery of Australia and all state galleries, many regional galleries and numerous private and corporate collections, both nationally and internationally.