Words: Charlotte Middleton
Sydney’s Olsen Gallery has announced the return of renowned abstract painter Charlie Sheard to its stable, with his first exhibition planned for November 2022.
In recent years, Sheard has spent time growing his international profile, particularly in China, and developing relationships with galleries world-wide. “My recent paintings are focused on bodily energy, on sensual forms and surfaces, and on the nature or being of painting itself,” explains the artist.
It was during a recent visit to see Sheard’s work on display at Newcastle University Gallery that Olsen Gallery director Tim Olsen was compelled to recommence representation of Sheard.
“I was overwhelmed to see how Charlie’s work had evolved,” says Olsen. “It is a great honour that Charlie has accepted our invitation to represent him again, and without doubt he introduces gravitas to our stable of important painters.”
Modelled on the curatorial direction of such international galleries as Gagosian, David Zwirner and White Cube, Olsen Gallery shares the philosophy that the importance of contemporary art is reinforced when exhibited amongst art from other eras, including modernist works.
“Charlie enhances this narrative that great painting of any era can sit comfortably in an eclectic setting,” says Olsen. “His work is more powerful than ever in its ethereal qualities, and as comes with maturity, it communicates from a deeper place of truth.”
The gallery looks forward to Sheard’s first solo presentation in November next year.
This article was originally published 21 July 2021.
Image: Charlie Sheard, Green Painting, 2018-21. Acrylic and oil on polyester, 198 x 214cm. Courtesy: the artist and Olsen Gallery, Sydney/New York.