Winner: Dobell Prize for Drawing 2004
Colloquy with John Keats
- ink on paper
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Press release, 20 August 2004 : It was announced at the Art Gallery of New South Wales today that GARRY SHEAD is the winner of the 2004 Dobell Prize for Drawing for his diptych Colloquy with John Keats. Garry Shead was awarded $20,000 for winning this prestigious prize and his work was automatically acquired for the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ permanent collection. Born in Sydney, Garry Shead studied at the National Art School in the early 1960s. He was an editor, cartoonist, film maker and scenic artist with ABC television before his solo exhibition with Watters Gallery in Sydney in 1966. Since then he has had over fifty solo exhibitions and has taken part in more than seventy group exhibitions including 13 Archibald Prize exhibitions. He won the Archibald Prize in 1993 with his portrait of Tom Thompson. Garry Shead spent six months living in Paris in 1973. In the early 1980s he spent time in France, Spain, Italy and Holland. During a residency at the Karolyi Foundation, in Vence in southern France, he met his future wife, the Hungarian sculptor Judith Englert, and he subsequently spent a year with her in Budapest before returning to Australia. They eventually settled at the coastal community of Bundeena, south of Sydney, in 1987. During the late 1980s Garry Shead’s painting style and his interest in a group of subjects crystallized with the Bundeena paintings and DH Lawrence series.
The 2004 Dobell Prize judge, John Olsen, selected 34 works from 601 entries.