Charlie K. Sheard, the respected abstract Australian artist, has had a several decade career focused on institutional exhibitions and the pursuit of academic rigour, both in terms of self-development of and the dissemination of knowledge. For seven formative years during the 1980’s, Sheard worked from his studio in Cambridge, The United Kingdom, and has been based in Sydney since 1990, where he founded an art school in 1995.
Sheard has a long and deep attachment to China where he has been exhibiting since 2012. Complementing his regular lectures at the University of NSW and The Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Sheard is now a Distinguished Mentor in an Oil Painting department studio (the 5th studio, focusing on material and abstraction) at The Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, and most recently, has been invited to teach painting at Peking University (Beijing DaXue). A bilingual English Chinese catalogue raisonné on the artist will be produced by Peking Art Associates in 2021. Charlie Sheard is represented by Peking Art Associates in Beijing.
Sheard has held solo exhibitions across Europe, China, The United States and Australia. “Charlie Sheard, Ten Years of Pure Abstraction: 2006 to 2016“ was exhibited in 2016 at The Drill Hall Gallery at the Australian National University, Canberra. This exhibition was an extensive survey of the artist’s work and curated by Terence Maloon, respected for his curation of exhibitions such as “Picasso, The Last Decades“ and “Paths To Abstraction“ at The Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. More recent exhibitions include a group exhibition at the Fosun Art Center in 2021, with celebrated international sculptors – Tony Cragg, Sir Antony Gormley, Not Vital and Marc Quinn, project-managed by Peking Art Associates. Sheard’s technical prowess and academic application has been celebrated in an extensive bibliography.