SHEAD, Garry, b. 1942
The apotheosis of Ern Malley. Etchings & drawings by Garry Shead.
An interpretation, by a great contemporary artist, of Australia’s most infamous literary hoax.
Sydney : Monogene, 2006. Tall folio (44 cm high), black canvas with illustrated onlay housed in a red canvas clamshell box; 32 pp, with numerous full page colour plates and one large double foldout plate; introduction by art historian Sasha Grishin; includes three large signed aquatints by Shead. Limited to 120 copies with only 100 for sale, this example an artist’s proof with the etchings and book signed and numbered IV/XX.
Ern Malley was the fictitious poet created by James McAuley and Harold Stewart in order to embarrass Max Harris, editor of the Modernist Angry Penguins. Since the 1940s Australia’s most infamous literary hoax has intrigued Australian writers and artists. Garry Shead, one of Australia’s greatest contemporary artists, commenced a major series of paintings, etchings and exhibitions revolving around this theme in 2006.