Form, line and phenomenology occupy central positions in Shea’s work, where transcendental geometric abstraction and blunt simplicity meet in a newly charged revision of late-modernist sculptural traditions. His neo-formalist sculptural investigations combine with modes of experiential spatial configuration to celebrate a return to sincerity and romance of the shape.
Through XTYO Shea’s open-ended enquiry follows an intuitive working process in opposition to singular methodologies and forms. Individual sculptures made from various industrial materials including steel, concrete and bluestone will combine to create a central installation.
Shea studied toward a Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of Newcastle, 1995-7 and graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture), RMIT, 2006, a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), RMIT, 2009 and a Master of Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, 2011. Selected exhibitions include Exercise in Sophistication, with Thomas Jeppe, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; Insert Coin Here, Craft Victoria, 2010; Scale of mark, RMIT First Site Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; Model for Abundant, Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2008; Two-Fold Exhibition, George Paton Gallery, The University of Melbourne, 2007; and The Fourth Baldessin Foundation Travelling Fellowship Exhibition, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, 2004. Shea was recipient of The Fourth Baldessin Foundation Travelling Fellowship in 2004 and the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Award in 2011. His work is held in the Artbank and Joyce Nissan Collections and various private collections in Australia.