Works in the database
Works with images
Works with multiple sales

Forthcoming Sales

Landfall, 1971
Angophora Series, Song of Earth and Sea (version I) 1977 Homage to Gustav Mahler

Past Sales

'Horn of the Sea,' 1978
'Cliff at North Head,' 1978
City into Sea, 1963

Sales by Medium

Sold 73 works for
Works on Paper
Sold 73 works for
Prints & Graphics
Sold 2 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by Shay Docking

Auction Houses

Leonard Joel
Sold 25 works for
Sold 31 works for
Lawson~Menzies (now trading as Menzies)
Sold 13 works for

Born in Warnambool Victoria, Shay Docking studied at Swinburne Technical College from 1947 to 1950 and at the National Gallery School in Melbourne from 1954 to 1955 Shay Docking exhibited regularly, holding more than 40 exhibitions in Sydney as well as exhibiting in New Zealand and Japan. Her husband, Gil Docking was appointed Director of the Auckland City Art Gallery in 1965, and they moved to New Zealand where they remained until 1971. On her return to Australia, she continued to paint and draw, producing a series of paintings inspired by the landscape around Sydney. A tribute exhibition of her work was held in Sydney in 1999.

Our database records art auction sales of works by Shay Docking from 1969 and in total 208 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 148 (71%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $13,500 for Storm Approaching 1964 sold by Leonard Joel in March 2022. This year 11 works have been offered for sale. Works by Shay Docking are held by the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria and a further six major public national galleries (see list below).

Shay Docking is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 383
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 179
  • Germaine, Max. A Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1991. Page 118
  • Gil Docking, with additions by Michael Gunn covering 1970-90. Two Hundred Years of New Zealand Painting, David Bateman Ltd., New Zealand, 1990 Page 192
  • McGahey, Kate. The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists Painters Printmakers Sculptors, Gilt Edge Publishing, Wellington, New Zealand, 2000. Page 66
  • The Find New Zealand Artists web site: a database of artist names that directs researchers to the rich resources found in New Zealand's libraries, art society exhibition histories and published sources.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.

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