Shane Gehlert’s unique approach to painting comes from a rather unconventional life, an uninhibited, self-taught painting style and a wander-lust for travel.
Perhaps his paintings personify the “she’ll be right, mate” culture of the Australian psyche. 

Born and raised in the suburbs, Shane developed a great affinity for the ‘bush’ and the strange creatures that inhabit the arid lands of the Australian desert. In 1990, Shane moved to the dry arid mining town of Broken Hill in far west New South Wales and thus began his fulltime painting career. His work began to absorb the harsh clarity and striking colours of the Australian outback landscape, something that remains a central theme to his work to this day. 

Early inspirations were the Surrealists of lore; Rene Magritte, ManRay, Australia’s own James Gleeson and of course, Salvador Dali. Many of Shane’s early works featured fob watches and later alarm clocks, an ode to the famous Spanish painter himself. A strange combination of realism, ‘low brow’ art, surrealism and political satire, his paintings are almost always guaranteed to draw a reaction. 

Shane is an intrepid traveller and this has been a huge influence on the subject matter, beliefs and concepts of the artist’s works, moulding them into a strange confluence of images, concepts and ideas rendered on canvas. 

“I feel it is an artist’s role” quotes Shane, “To record the images, emotions and climatic undercurrents that we encounter in this brief moment we are here. Our culture, thoughts, feelings and experiences, are all unique to this snapshot in time. Everything that is truly within us, expressed outwardly, openly, honestly and plausibly, laid bare for the scrutiny of the public, is of immense social importance. Anything else is just wall decorations!”