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Bacon’s painterly effects


Painting masterclass with Charlie Sheard

Francis Bacon referred to his own work as “the mysterious struggle with chance”, and his practice developed around the shaping of accidental painterly effects. His paintings are characterised by their focus on materiality and intense, visceral emotion.

This masterclass with painter Charlie Sheard begins with a three-hour session at the Gallery to view the exhibition, discuss Bacon’s paintings in detail and prepare for the studio workshop on the following weekend. In the studio, each participant will develop their own painting over two days, not by working literally “in the style of Francis Bacon”, but by exploring some of the artist’s methods.

The program is suitable for artists working at different levels and in varying ways, whether figurative or abstract, but some prior experience with painting is preferred. Participants will be required to provide their own materials, but please do not purchase anything in advance of the first session.

Charlie Sheard is a Sydney-based abstract painter, whose work is grounded in an understanding of historical techniques and materials. His work has been exhibited in over forty exhibitions in Australia, the US and Europe over his three-decade career. For seventeen years he ran the Charlie Sheard Studio School, offering a unique intensive course in oil painting methods, and he currently teaches at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.

Saturday 12 January 2013, 10am–1pm (Gallery),
Saturday 19 January 2013, 10am–5pm (studio),
Sunday 20 January 2013, 12pm–5pm (studio)

$265 per person
Includes exhibition entry and two-day studio workshop
Does NOT include materials

Bookings essential. Max 14 participants.

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1740

Duration: 15 hours total

Location: Information desk

Related exhibition: Francis Bacon


Saturday 12 January 10am – 10am