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John Beard ‘Harbour 6’


John Beard, ‘Harbour 6’, 2021, oil and wax on linen, 51 x 69 cm

$18,000.00 inc GST

John Beard’s ‘Harbour’ paintings were created from memory and photographs of his time spent living in Potts Point looking over Sydney Harbour. The series makes direct reference to the numerous watercolour paintings he created on his balcony over 12 years. John has a history of obsessively creating bodies of work that involve the repetitive painting of Rocks, Headlands or Seascapes he has visited across Australia and Europe. Through this unique rendition of objects and subjects, he questions the very notions of authenticity in painting and the representation of image. Curator Anthony Bond describes Beard as an important contemporary painter whose works “maintain a dynamic tension in seductive images that investigate the structures of representation.”

Beard’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is held in the collections of major international public galleries, museums and private institutions. His oeuvre has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Tate St Ives in the UK, The Gulbenkian Centro de Arte Moderna in Lisbon, Kunsthalle Darmstadt in Germany, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) in Australia. ‘Wanretganui Heads’ was also selected to represent the year ‘1998’ in The London National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Painting the Century: 101 Portrait Masterpieces 1900-2000, in 2013 he exhibited at The Royal Academy of Art’s exhibition titled ‘Australia’, the most significant survey of Australian art ever mounted in the UK. Notably, he has been awarded the Pollock-Krasner Award (New York) and has won both the AGNSW’s Wynne Prize and Archibald Prize.


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