Narrative painter, printmaker and ceramic artist Garry Shead trained at the National Art School, Sydney between 1961 and 1962. He originally worked in media, as an editor of publications related to Oz Magazine and as a scenic artist and film editor for the ABC during the 1960’s. Shead has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide since the 1960’s.
His work has been included in group exhibitions including the Archibald, Wynne, Sulman and Moran Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Shead was awarded the Young Contemporaries Prize by the Central Art School in Sydney, 1967, the Archibald Prize in 1993 and the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris through the Power Institute in 1973. He was artist in residence at Karolyi Foundation Studio in Venice through the Victorian Arts Board in 1982 and has completed residencies with the Indigenous artists of Lockhart River. Shead’s work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide and several regional galleries. Several monographs on his work have been published including ‘The DH Lawrence Paintings’ 1993, and ‘Garry Shead and the Erotic Muse’ 2001.