Born in Tasmania (the small South Island State of Australia) Shane Drinkwater has exhibited in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide...), also in Paris, New York with Gallery Molly Krom, Ky Anderson’s Dusk Editions and Sardine Gallery in Brooklyn. Shane studied at the University of Tasmania, School of Art in Hobart and didn’t graduate, he didn’t fit in. He then lived and worked in Paris: as recipient of the Alliance Française / Australia council fellowship he had access to studio space near the Bastille for 4 months. He liked it so much he stayed on another 6 years. He then came back to Australia and now lives in subtropical Queensland.
Painting is something I’ve always needed to do and I’m enjoying it more and more. It’s the joy of putting colour, shape and gesture on a surface. I’m interested in the “making”! I delve into the act of painting with a minimum repertoire of visual elements, using repetitive mark making, aiming for a maximum visual intensity. Ideas and images appear through the making of the work and I don’t feel the need to analyse them: language becomes unnecessary, I let the work speak for me and the viewer bring his own narrative. In my works I touch on my recurring interests in astronomy, archeology, ancient maps… and since childhood a fascination with numbers, collecting, classifying. I work mainly on cardboard, paper, sometimes old dress-making paper patterns, using acrylic paint and inks.”