Charlie Sheard

Pure Abstractions –
Colour, Drawing, Materiality

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 23 April to Saturday 17 May 2014
 
Charlie Sheard in Conversation
: Wednesday 7 May at 12pm in the University Gallery
Colour Workshop
: Thursday 8 May at 12.30pm at the University Gallery

Charlie Sheard Pure Abstraction #2 Charlie Sheard Pure Abstraction #2 2006-2010, mixed media on raw linen, 214 x 198 cm

Charlie Sheard is one of Sydney's most well known abstract painters. He has spent thirty-five years slowly developing a language of pure abstract forms. At the same time, he has been deeply concerned with the history and development of techniques and materials, and he has made research into historical methods a basis of his practice.

This exhibition is an overview of Charlie Sheard's work between 2007 and 2014, and it includes a number of charcoal drawings. The drawings combine an extended syntax of bodily gesture and sensual energy with sensitive feeling for material. Sheard's large canvases elaborate this same language with painterly handling, complex optical effects and dazzling colour. Paintings and drawings will be hung together here for the first time, allowing for close study of this artist's work.

The University Gallery is hosting two free events in conjunction the exhibition Pure Abstractions:

Charlie Sheard in Conversation: Wednesday 7 May at 12pm in the University Gallery
Colour Workshop with Charlie Sheard: Thursday 8 May at 12.30pm at the University Gallery

These events are free, all are welcome and refreshments will be served.
Your RSVP is appreciated, phone 02 4921 5255 or email gallery@newcastle.edu.au

Download a pdf of the exhibition catalogue (4.2MB)

Charlie Sheard is represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney.