Garry Shead (born in 1942 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian painter, printmaker, cartoonist, photographer and filmmaker. Shead grew up in the suburbs of Australia and throughout his education, he won the art prize each year and was consequently admitted to the National Art School (NAS) in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst in 1961. Following his studies, Shead became a scenic artist with ABC TV before staging his first solo exhibition with Watters Gallery in 1966.
Shead won multiple prizes, including: the 1993 Archibald Prize, the Young Contemporaries Prize in 1967 and the 2004 Dobell Prize for Drawing. After winning the prize in 1967, he travelled to Japan and then embarked on an expedition to the Sepik Highlands in Papua New Guinea. He then became an Artist-in-Residence in 1972 at the Power Studio, Cité Des Arts, Paris. Between 1981 and 1982, he was Artist-in-Residence at the Michael Karolyi Foundation in Vence, France where he met his late wife, the Hungarian sculptor Judit Englert.
After living in Budapest for a year and travelling all across Europe, he and his wife settled down in Australia, on the small coastal community of Bundeena, south of Sydney.
Dr. Sasha Griffin, Shead’s biographer describes his paintings as highlighting ‘a distinctive love of the Australian landscape’. Shead’s admiration for the Australian landscape is evident in his Stockman series (late 1980s), his ‘gently satirical’ Monarchy suite of paintings, and most significantly in his famous D.H. Lawrence series.
3 DVD set with 13 films by the Australian experimental filmmaker Garry Shead