Garry Shead 'Salome'

Garry Shead 'Salome'

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Throughout his career, Garry Shead chased his erotic Muse. Transformed into an icon and celebrated as a goddess, he sees in her the biographical, mystical and spiritual. For Shead, the Muse gives visual identity to inner reality. So vital did he believe inspiration was to a worthwhile life, he once quoted Dostoevsky, writing “The world will be saved by beauty.”

In this work she emerges as 'Salome', an infamous figure from Christianity. Salome entered popular culture through Oscar Wilde's play. Combining the taboos of murder, lust and sexual awakening with Biblical themes, the play both titillated and terrified audiences. In Shead's work, Salome is pictured in the throes of lost love. Opposed to censorship, Shead perceived stories like this as exhilarating lessons about eroticism, life and creativity.

Collected by all public institutions, Shead has won the Archibald and Dobell prizes. This work will enliven collections of iconic Australian art, as well as all in need of inspiration.


Garry SHEAD (1942 - )
'Salome' 1976
etching on paper
Image Size: 15 x 12 cm
Dimensions: 23 x 20 cm
Signed: Signed, titled and numbered in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Condition:As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.
© Garry Shead / Copyright Agency 2020

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