C h a r l i e S h e a r d
I have spent thirty-five years slowly developing a language of pure abstract forms, My practice is deeply concerned with the history and development of techniques and materials and my paintings reflect wide-ranging interests in European, Chinese and Australian cultural history. I am particularly interested in the arts of the ancient Greeks in Byzantine decorative firms, in the Italian Renaissance and in Northern European aesthetics. I also have a long-standing interest in Chinese painting, particularly in painting from the Song and Yuan dynasties, in the early paintings at Dunhuang and in the historical development of Chinese landscape painting. I have visited China regularly for fifteen years to study these models closely and see my work as being a conversation between European and Chinese idioms.
Born in Sydney, Charlie Sheard studied at Alexander Mackie College, Sydney, and has since forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading lyrical abstractionists.
Sheard has held over 50 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows throughout Australia and abroad. He lived in England for seven years during the 1980s, exhibiting with Angela Flowers Gallery and Anne Berthoud Gallery, London, and Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge. Having returned to Australia in 1988, he established his own art school in 1995, the main focus of which was a three-year course in historical oil painting techniques directed at post-graduate level students and practising artists.
He has lectured at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts and regularly lectures at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the University of New South Wales.
His work is represented in public and corporate collections in Australia and internationally, including MONA, Hobart, Tasmania; The World Bank, New York; Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge, UK; the Faber-Castell Collection, Sydney; Deakin University, Melbourne; the University of New South Wales, Sydney, as well as in private collections in the UK, USA, Belgium and Australia.