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    Sale 7482

    Modern and Contemporary Australian Art Including Works by New Zealand and South African Artists

    12 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 89

    Garry Shead (b.1942)

    Union Jack

    Price Realised  


    Garry Shead (b.1942)
    Union Jack
    signed and dated 'Garry Shead 92' (lower left)
    oil on board
    23½ x 23½in. (59.9 x 59.9cm.)

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    In 1922, D.H. Lawrence moved to Thirroul, just north of Wollongong in New South Wales. It was there he wrote his novel Kangaroo, which would prove a rich source of inspiration for Garry Shead. Shead made frequent visits to Thirroul following in Lawrence's footsteps and the landscape became the backdrop to his D.H. Lawrence series of pictures painted in the early 1990s. The political undertones of Lawrence's novel are more to the fore in Union Jack than in many of Shead's other works from the series. Recent research has established that Lawrence's secret army, led by Benjamin Cooley, or 'Kangaroo', may have been based on a clash in 1921 at Sydney's Domain between Diggers and socialists. Shead's picture presents an image which represents this social division, a theme which would continue to be developed in his subsequent 'Royal Suite'.

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    Bought from the artist's 1992 solo exhibition at the Solander Gallery, Canberra by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Canberra, Solander Gallery, 1992, catalogue no. 18.