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  • WhenSept 30 - Nov 6, 2016
  • OpeningSept 29, 2016
  • CuratorTerence Maloon

The fluid and mutable interactions of Charlie Sheard’s intensely coloured washes of paint result in an array of remarkably poised and majestically scaled paintings.

These works might seem to coalesce accidentally, coming together all at once, but in fact are the result of intense deliberation, extraordinary presence of mind and an acute eye for composition. Some of them have taken many years to reach their definitive form.

The sophistication of Sheard’s work, which draws broadly on the heritage of surrealist abstraction, romanticism, symbolism, abstract expressionism and the esoteric “thought forms” of the Theosophists, converges in a sizzlingly upbeat and contemporary idiom.

This survey of Sheard’s recent work, all produced during the last decade, represents a major achievement, and attests to the coming of age of a virtuosic and intrepidly lyrical artist.

This exhibition was curated by Terence Maloon.

Install Images


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  • TitleCharlie Sheard
  • SpecsPaperback, 48 pages, 22 x 23 cm
  • PublisherPublished 2016 by DHG Publishing
  • DetailsCharlie Sheard; Text by Terence Maloon
  • ISBN978-0-9942584-7-2
  • Price$25 + $10 postage / Buy Now

Review in the Canberra Times 10th October 2016

Charlie Sheard: Paintings and watercolours at Drill Hall Gallery is theatrical | The Canberra Times | Canberra, ACT

Installation photos: Rob Little

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.