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 did he believe inspiration to be, he once quoted Dostoevsky writing “The world will be saved by beauty.”
In this work, Shead pictures two lovers in a tussle. Are they affectionate or warring? Shead leaves it ambiguous, recognizing that sometimes romance ignites both. There is a timelessness to 'The Lover's Strife', accentuated by the blooming rose that, like a nucleus, holds the work's core.
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. Superbly presented in a silver frame, it will enliven collections of Australian Modern art, as well as all in need of inspiration.
Garry SHEAD (1942 - )
'The Lover's Strife'
ink on paper
Image Size: 13 x 16 cm
Dimensions: 35 x 40 x 4 cm
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition: Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New. Image is in Fine condition. Superbly framed
© Garry Shead / Copyright Agency 2020
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