Garry Shead 'The true painter must be able patiently to copy a pear while surrounded by rapine and upheaval''

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In 1948, Salvador Dali wrote that “The true painter must be able patiently to copy a pear while surrounded by rapine and upheaval” and in 1978, Garry Shead imagined such a scene. This vividly coloured screen print sees an artist before galloping horses, a pear daintily to his right.

From a Spanish surrealist with a coiled mustache to an Australian with a wink, this maxim for art finds form in the outback. Shead was forever looking into the concept of inspiration, thinking seriously and sillily about what it means to make art. When chaos surrounds, paint a pear.

For collectors of Shead and art with a sense of humour, ‘The true painter must be able patiently to copy a pear while surrounded by rapine and upheaval’ is a whimsical reminder to keep calm and carry on.


Garry SHEAD (1942 - )
'The true painter must be able patiently to copy a pear while surrounded by rapine and upheaval'' 1978
screenprint on paper
Image Size: 67 x 48 cm
Dimensions: 77 x 57 cm
Signed: Signed, editioned and dated in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Condition:very good
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