Shane Drinkwater

Born 1960
Hometown Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia
Education
East Sydney Technical College, 1982
University of Tasmania, School of Art, Hobart, 1981
Burnie Technical College, Tasmania, 1978

To create abstract landscapes, topographical or astronomical maps, and coded networks Shane Drinkwater employs his own language of lines, dashes, and dots. His pieces resemble maze-like systems with each symbol flooded with personal meaning. The ambiguity of each mark and the composition allow viewers to project their own perceptions as they try to inspect, unlock, and decode his language. Drinkwater creates textures through repetition, often times reading as fabric or quilted material. The journey viewers eyes take when traveling through his pieces simulates the fleeting choices our minds are forced to make on a day to day basis.


Drinkwater has recently contributed to exhibitions at Gallery Molly Krom in New York, Dusk Editions in Brooklyn, Boom Gallery in Victoria, Australia, Sardine Gallery in Brooklyn, and May Space in Sydney, Australia. In 2017 his work was shown at various events such as the Copenhagen Outsider Art Gallery, Tischenko Gallery in Helsinki, Finland, and The Painting Center in New York. His work can be found in Tasmanian public collections at Devonport Regional Art Gallery and Burnie Regional Gallery.

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