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Gria Shead’s work describes worlds-in-worlds and the thing-in-itself, whether she is capturing a moment in a well-known room in a house of her own or a salon in Monte Carlo’s casino—or a fragment of a life-story that warrants her unique investigation.

With a complex palette and consummate composition skills, Gria interrogates history to reveal the multivalent roles that women play in the formation of cultural identity, regardless of reduction, or she will turn to a moment and location in space and time to render tranquillity and the essence of inspiration.




1995 Graduated National Art School, East Sydney

Solo Exhibitions 

2016 'La Belle Epoque ~ Casinos and Cigars' Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary, Sydney 

2015 ‘Gold Dust’ Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary, Sydney
2014 ‘Just Us’, Australian High Commission Residence, Singapore 

2014 ‘Flash Kate’, Nanda\Hobbs Sydney
2013 ‘Damned Whores on a Fatal Shore’, Nanda\Hobbs, Sydney
2012 ‘In the House’, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2011 'She Is', James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2010 'See That Woman', Tim Olsen Annex, Sydney
2009 'A Home on the Goldfields’, The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney 2008 'Once upon a time', James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2007 New Paintings, Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
2006 'From the Garden', Solander Gallery, Canberra
2006 New Paintings, Lolli Redini’s, Orange, NSW
2005 'A Country Childhood', Port Jackson Press Gallery, Melbourne
2004 'Home', Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
2000 'Paris to Sydney', Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney
1996 'It’s not easy being green', Selborne Chambers, NSW 

Group Exhibitions 

2019 Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne, Wales UK

2019 - 2020 Symbiosis Informality Gallery Henley on Thames 

2019 - 2020 Nanda Hobbs Summer Show

2019 Fresh Art Fair - Ascot UK 

2018 National Art - Part One, National Art School, Sydney NSW

2017-2018 Summer exhibition Nanda Hobbs Contemporary Chippendale, Sydney

2017 AK Bellinger Gallery, Inverell, NSW
2017 Walcha Art Gallery, Walcha, NSW
2017 The Hill End Table Bathurst Regional art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW 

2016 'Meroogal Womens Art Prize' 

2015 ‘Brave New World’ Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary, Sydney
2014 ‘Journeys West’, Orange Regional Art Gallery, Orange, NSW 

2013 Affordable Art Fair, Singapore 

2012 Affordable Art Fair, Singapore 

2011 ‘Erotica’ Group Show, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne 

2011 PRASAD (Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service and Development), Summer Auction, National Trust, Sydney 

2011 Jane Goodall's ‘Saving Our Forests—Trees of Life’ exhibition
2011 Harper’s Mansion Art Prize 

2011 Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize 2010 Art Melbourne, Melbourne Art Fair 

2010 Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane
2010 ‘Zoo Air’, Taronga Zoo Artists-in-Residence, University of Newcastle
2010 ‘Zoo Air’, Sotheby’s, Sydney



2017 Finalist Manning Art Prize
2016 Finalist Meroogal Womens Art Prize
2011 Finalist, Harper’s Mansion Art Prize
2011 Finalist, Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane 

2010 Finalist, Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane 

2009 Finalist, Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane 

2007 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize

1994 Prize for Printmaking, National Art School
1991 First Prize for Drawing, National Art School
1984 Finalist, Canberra Fashion Awards 

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