lawrence : surf bathing, illawarra, 1923
Garry Shead: The Wave (1992)
Appendix : the wave in art
Shead, Garry (1942- ) : The Wave (1992)
Oil on canvas board, 91 x121 cm Private collection.
From The D.H. Lawrence Paintings, a series of works based on D.H. Lawrence's Australian novel Kangaroo (1923) and his time writing the novel at Thirroul, NSW.
Lawrence, his wife Frieda, the cottage Wyewurk, the Norfolk pines and the rugged coastline feature in most of the series.
One of the other thematic symbols of the series, a large kangaroo, is absent from this work.
The Lawrence works were initially encouraged by Shead's contemporary, Brett Whitely, and in 1973 they produced a diptych Portrait of D.H. Lawrence, see Grishin, page 51.
Brett Whitley (see above) committed suicide at Thirroul in 1992.
The wave image is reminiscent of Hokusai's Under the Wave (1825).
Grishin, Sasha : Gary Shead and the Erotic Muse
Fine Art Publishing, St Leonards, Sydney. 2001.
Davis, Joseph: D.H. Lawrence at Thirroul
Imprint, William Collins, Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1898.
Lawrences and friends, Wywurk, 1922. (page 150)
Postcard, 1922, showing the beach below Wywurk,
Below Wywurk, looking south. (both page 152)
M. Secker, London, 1923.
Thomas Seltzer, New York, 1923.