Gordon Shepherdson sits within a familiar pattern of Australian art historical circumstance. He has always lived in Brisbane, a place where a localised expressionism became something of a tag for local modernism. Early in his career and in Sydney, Rudy Komon (Gallery) picked him up. Artists admired his work. He continued to exhibit commercially and in 1997 the Queensland Art Gallery presented an exhibition of painting from 1979 to 1996. He is represented in the NGA and many state, regional and university galleries. To my mind he is the natural consequence of the uncritical acceptance of the repeating blast of Australia’s art historical canon. He doesn’t appear to us as figuratively post-Antipodean let alone playing some Australian card. His interests are vast, and colloquial one-liners never appear.
– Doug Hall AM