Shaun Gladwell is an artist I have been following since I was shown some paintings he did at art school. These were traditional looking oils of knights in armour – holding their own heads in their hands! So when Sydney art doyenne, Amanda Love threw a party to mark Shaun’s show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales last week, I was there – with bells (and head) on.
Over the years, I have watched Amanda build collections of contemporary art for various clients and friends. Her ability to listen, gently guide, but at the end of the day give clear direction, is phenomenal. Her parties are always just as successfully curated. Her Woollhara home is built for art, and entertaining. For this event, the permanently-installed Tracey Emin neon piece, ‘Love Happens – Like Lightning’ was upstaged, but only just, by a video projection of a new piece by Shaun Gladwell. Love Art, indeed.