Pure abstractions

Charlie Sheard, Pure abstractions: colour - drawing - materiality


Pure Abstractions: Colour- Drawing -Materiality

The University Gallery

Exhibition: 23 April – 17 May 2014

Artist Talk: Wednesday 7 May @ 12pm

Colour Workshop: Thursday 8 May @ 12:30pm

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.

Charlie Sheard will be speaking at Conversations In Art at the University of Newcastle, room AT25 on Wednesday 7 May, 12-1 pm. He will also be presenting a colour workshop in conjunction with the Pure Abstractions exhibition. For more information about these events please contact the University Gallery, phone 02 4921 5255 or email gallery@newcastle.edu.au

Charlie Sheard is represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney.

Please join the artist for the opening at the University Gallery: Saturday 26 APRIL from 2pm.

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