‘The Studio’ is quintessential Garry Shead. It sees an artist paint a man and nude woman, locked in a moonlit dance. Erato, the muse of poetry, is hushedly present – indeed, she haunts much of Shead’s practice, a metaphor for love and erotic distraction.
The art historian Sasha Grishin has argued that “Shead felt himself to be one of the few who consciously sought out Erato”. Transformed into an icon and celebrated as a goddess, he sees in her the biographical, mystical and spiritual. For Shead, she 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.”
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. This work of art is beautifully framed and ready to hang.
Garry SHEAD (1942 - )
etching on paper
Edition of 75
Image Size: 22 x 30 cm
Dimensions: 51 x 56 x 2 cm
Signed: Signed, titled and edition bottom margin.
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 2021
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