Garry Shead 'Her Majesty's Gift'
Garry Shead 'Her Majesty's Gift'
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Garry Shead 'Her Majesty's Gift'

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Garry Shead vividly recalls his first and only encounter with Queen Elizabeth II. A boy of twelve, he witnessed her tour around Australian in the 1950s. He appeared to her like an incarnate spirit - a porcelain skinned Cinderella haunting the harsh, alien landscape.

'In Her Majesty's Gift', Shead imagines the Queen bestowing an apple. Akubra donning outback Aussies cluster around her, setting up a curious juxtaposition. Inflected with the profane, mundane and regal, this work plays with Australian history and identity. It's like The Crown, but with an Ocker accent.

The monarch is among Shead’s most recogonisable subjects. He is represented in all public institutions and has won the Archibald and Dobell prizes. Frollicking in the serious and profane, Shead’s vision is deliriously light-hearted and interrogative. This work suits collectors of Australian Modern art, as well as all who rejoice in a good story.


Garry SHEAD (1942 - )
'Her Majesty's Gift'
ink on paper
Image Size: 15 x 12 cm
Dimensions: 37 x 34 x 3 cm framed in silver
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good:  Image is in Fine condition.
© Garry Shead / Copyright Agency 2020

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