Gria Shead

Born 1972
Lives and works in Sydney

Artist's CV

Represented by nanda\hobbs

Gria Shead sees, beyond the veil of conventional story-telling and hero worship, the breadth and contemporaneity of the experience of Otherness in the Australian context.

Gria Shead's technically astute paintings explore core human concerns: love, longing, displacement and discovery. She looks to earlier periods and environments in her quest to establish accurate references for a contemporary realisation of the issues of social justice, harmony and beauty.

Australian historiography privileges its patriot sons and their conquests over the country and adversity. Celebrated in words and images, legends were created by men about men, and white men at that. But what of the marginalised peoples in our early history: the women, the political refugees from old world England and Ireland, the deposed Indigenous people, and the early Chinese immigrants? Shead reviews our colonial and postcolonial history, finding that the forgotten not only contributed but also were, in many instances, the catalyst or inspiration for the stories we hold dear.

Shead’s oeuvre traces a trajectory on which may be plotted places and points of departure that she has transmuted with a jewel-like palette and technical verve and assurance.

Profile photo by Hugh Stewart

Read A Conversation with Jean Bedford and the ghost of Kate Kelly - by The Velvet Nap, which includes Gria Shead's painting Flash Kate. Jean Bedford published Sister Kate in 1982. It has recently been republished as an e-book. 


\ Artworks

A View of Sydney

2013 \ Oil on canvas \ 95.5x88cm

$8,000 Sold

Chasing the dragon

2015 \ oil on polyester \ 91x122cm



2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 91x137cm


Flash Kate

2014 \ Oil on canvas \ 183x111.5cm

$10,000 Sold

Green Room II

2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 123x92cm

$9,000 Sold


2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 153x122cm


Interval at Ophir

2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 122x152cm


Outside Eden

2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 122x91cm



2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 92x122cm


Stringybark Masque

2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 122x92cm

$9,000 Sold

Study for Redress - Justice

2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 180x150cm


Talent Scout II

2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 123x152cm


Talent scout

2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 91x122cm

$9,000 Sold

The Green Room I

2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 92x122cm

$9,000 Sold


2015 \ Oil on polyester \ 122x91cm

$9,000 Sold

\ News


Gria Shead cover article in 'The Art of Healing' magazine, Dec/Feb 2016

3 December 2015

A painting by Gria Shead titled "True Kate" is featured on the cover of The Art of Healing magazine, Vol 4, Issue 53, Dec/Jan 2016. 

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\ Exhibitions featuring Gria Shead

Gria Shead

Gold Dust

15 September — 25 September 2015

Brave New World

Group Exhibition

18 August — 28 August 2015

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Flash Kate - The Forgotten Kelly

10 July — 25 July 2014

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Damned Whores on a Fatal Shore

4 July — 19 July 2013

Contact Us

to find out more about Gria Shead.

Level 1 66 King Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday Or by appointment