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Garry Shead 'Phases of Being' - Sold

Garry Shead 'Phases of Being' - Sold

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Throughout his career, Garry Shead chased his Muse. Transformed into an icon and celebrated as a goddess, he sees in her the biographical, mystical and spiritual. So vital does he believe inspiration to be, he once quoted Dostoevsky writing “The world will be saved by beauty.”

In this work, Shead sketches a figure in transition. Rather than exact, 'Phases of Being' evokes psychological strife. A figure appears to be melting away from their mask - a rigid, anxious face - into something more liquid. Or perhaps two lovers are merging, twisting towards one another like atoms colliding. Shead does not divulge which it is, allowing the viewer to recognise their own transition against his 'Phases of Being'.

Collected by all public institutions, Shead has won the Archibald and Dobell prizes. Frolicking in the serious and profane, his work is at once poetic and interrogative. It is a startlingly affordable original sketch by one of Australias preeminent artists. For collectors of Shead, sketches and Modern art, take home this beacon of inspiration.

Garry SHEAD (1942 - )
'Phases of Being'
ink on paper
Image Size: 13 x 16 cm
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
© Garry Shead / Copyright Agency 2020

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