Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Garry Shead at Australian Galleries Sydney - The Antipodean Divine Comedy.

Last night I was one among many attending The Antipodean Divine Comedy, Garry Shead's latest exhibition of figurative oil paintings. One can usually expect a good crowd at Australian Galleries but I knew it would be a crush as I strolled up to 15 Roylston Street and saw the refreshments table out front, outside! Inside, while not exactly a crush were quite a lot of people there to see the paintings and artist Garry Shead as well. The opening night speech by Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA provided a fabulously succinct background to Dante's Divine Comedy, Shead's works relationship to that great literary masterpiece and a quick art history lesson on those who have come before, creating masterful art and drawing on inspiration from the same source. Sasha Grishin also told of dining with John Olsen who had stated to him (I quote from my imperfect memory) "Garry Shead carries Australian figurative painting on his shoulders."

This is a beautiful show, do head over to Paddington to see it. I loved what I felt was a whimsical magic to the paintings, truly romantic works easily holding their own with other great works drawn from Dante's inspirational poem of love.

Portrait of Garry Shead at the opening of his exhibition The Antipodean Divine Comedy; Australian Galleries Sydney
Garry Shead at the opening of  The Antipodean Divine Comedy; Australian Galleries Sydney.

People and picture taking, art opening Garry Shead, Australian Galleries.


Gallery style watch - Lace blouse, spotted blouse, skirt, jeans. Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Garry Shead, Stuart Purves, Sasha Grishin.
Gallery style watch - Matching hat and scarf, black and white with read coat. Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Family and friends being photographed, Garry Shead at Australian Galleries Sydney

Gallery style watch - embroidered short sleeve jacket, denim skirt. Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Gallery style watch - blue retro print vintage style dress teamed with a green cardigan. Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Gallery style watch - black lace and leather jacket. Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Group portrait, Lilla Shead, Garry Shead, Rose Gissing, Stuart Purves and Sasha Grishin - Garry Shead at Australian Galleries Sydney, Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Lilla Shead, Garry Shead, Rose Gissing, Stuart Purves and Sasha Grishin
www.australiangalleries.com.au/
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Paddington NSW 2021

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