Gordon Shepherdson ‘one of the major artists of Australia’s figurative tradition’* passed away on the 18th of July 2019
Gordon Shepherdson ‘A small survey of recent work’ was the first solo exhibition held at Nicholas Thompson Gallery in 2015. A painter’s painter, it is wonderful that Gordon’s images, from the powerful to the subdued, have continued to resonate with so many artists, especially younger generations. His friendship, support and kind nature will be greatly missed and always remembered.
Gordon Shepherdson (1934 – 2019) attended classes with Caroline Barker of the Royal QLD Art Society (1951-52), Arthur Evan Read (1960), Andrew Sibley and Jon Molvig (1961) while working at a shipyard and later at an abattoir in Brisbane. He held solo exhibitions regularly from 1964 onwards at renowned Australian galleries including The Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane; Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney and Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane. Shepherdson was a recipient of the Tattersalls Club Landscape Prize (1990), the Georges Art Prize, Melbourne (1980) and a finalist in the Archibald Prize (1962, 1974, 1976). Survey exhibitions of the artist’s work were held at the University of Queensland Art Museum (1977) and the Queensland Art Gallery (1997). Shepherdson’s work is in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria as well as tertiary and regional collections.
*Louise Martin Chew in The Australian, 6/6/1997