Shane Drinkwater

Australia 1960


Shane Drinkwater
Shane Drinkwater
March 3, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Shane Drinkwater is a decorative painter/designer with a background in Fine Arts Studies. He predominantly works with acrylic paint on paper, delving into the act of painting with a minimum repertoire of visual elements aiming for maximum visual intensity. He creates spontaneous images, easy to view but full of visual and emotive information, letting the viewer respond with his/her own perceptions.

Shane was born in Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia.  He received a fellowship (4 months studio in Paris) and liked it so much he spent the next 6 years living and working in France, gaining invaluable expertise and experience with clients such as: world-renown interior designer Jacques Garcia: working in his 17th century Chateau Champ de Bataille in Normandy contemporary furniture designer Hubert Legall: restoring the historical studio of famous 19th century painter Pierre Bonnard, radically transforming the living space.

When talking what painting means to him Drinkwater states :”Painting is something I’ve always needed to do and I’m enjoying it more and more. I’m interested in the historical, scientific and artistic observation of the “heavens and earth”.”

Shane has now been offering his services to private and corporate clients on the Gold Coast and Brisbane for more than ten years. His most recent projects include: exterior feature wall to entrance of  CONDEV CONSTRUCTION office building in Robina, Milano luxury furniture show room,  Barry Plant Real Estate (private home + corporate  apartments on the Coast + office building in Melbourne), Australian Wings Academy at Coolangatta Airport, twenty-three apartments ( each highly individualized) in luxury waterfront development Allissee, Little Truffle dining room and bar.

Drinkwater received numerous awards and held exhibitions both in solo and group capacity all around the world.

Shane Drinkwater currently lives and works on the Gold Coast.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014UntitledBoom Gallery, Geelong, VICSolo
2014Beadles Toowoomba,QLDSolo
2014The Lost, the Found and the Superfluous (Collector’s issue)Gallery Molly Krom, New York, USAGroup
2014Moreton Bay Art Prize (Finalist) QLDGroup
2014Stanthorpe Art Festival (Finalist)QLDGroup
2013Hang’Art Grenoble, FranceGroup
2013Paper 3 Dirty Linen Artspace, Bundaberg, QLDGroup
2013Gallery Works Mount Tamborine, QLDGroup
2013UntitledThe Box, BrisbaneGroup
2013UntitledArtspace K, Kingscliff, NSWGroup
2013Border Art Prize (Highly commended)Gold Coast City Art GalleryGroup
2013Moreton Bay Art Awards (Finalist Pine Rivers Art GalleryGroup
2013Sunshine Coast Art Prize(Finalist) Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLDGroup
2013Under a GrandRex-Livingston Art Dealer, SydneyGroup
2013Sydney Art Month Rex-Livingston Art Dealer: Six Artists Exploring the LandscapeGroup
2007Dansey Gallery Gold Coast QLDSolo
2005UntitledMichel Sourgnes Fine Arts, Brisbane QLDSolo
2005Brisbane Art Fair Gallery 482 Michel Sourgnes Fine ArtsGroup
2003Melbourne Art Fair Michel Sourgnes Fine ArtsGroup
2000Goya Galleries MelbourneGroup
1999E.A.Joyce & Son Despard Gallery, Hobart,TasmaniaGroup
1998UntitledMichel Sourgnes Fine Arts, Brisbane QLDSolo
1998UntitledThe Studio, Brisbane QLDGroup
1997UntitledGold Coast City Art Gallery,QLDSolo
1996UntitledMichel Sourgnes Fine Arts, Brisbane QLDSolo
1996UntitledGold Coast City Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize (Finalist)Group
1996UntitledMichel Sourgnes Fine Arts, Brisbane QLDGroup
1995The Prime Touring Exhibition Newcastle Art Gallery, NSWGroup
1995Ballarat Art Gallery VIC, Nolan Gallery,ACTGroup
1995UntitledGold Coast City Art Gallery, QLDGroup
1992UntitledHanger 028, Paris, FranceSolo
1988UntitledCannibal Pierce Galerie Australienne, Paris, FranceSolo
1988Viewing Programme Devonport Regional Gallery,TasmaniaSolo
1987UntitledContemporary Art Center, Adelaide SASolo
1987UntitledReconnaissance, Melbourne VICSolo
1987UntitledNaracoorte Art Gallery, Naracoorte SASolo
1987UntitledBurnie Regional Gallery, TasmaniaSolo
1985UntitledDrawing and Projected Images, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier SASolo
19857 Artists from the South East Naracoorte Art Gallery, SAGroup
19857 Artists from the South East Kintore Art Gallery, Adelaide, SAGroup
1983UntitledDevonport Regional Gallery, TasmaniaGroup
1982East Sydney Tech (National Art School)Group
1982UntitledThe Canberra Times Art Prize (Finalist)Group
1982Chameleon Inc. Long Gallery Salamanca Place, Hobart, TasmaniaGroup