WENDY SHARPE

Born 1960

Wendy Sharpe is undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest contemporary figurative painters, creating provocative and sensuous images of the human form. Often working directly from life, her paintings possess a spontaneity and directness that invites viewers to engage with the work on an emotional level.

Citing Expressionist artists such as Max Beckmann and Edvard Munch as initial influences, Sharpe has developed a distinctive gestural style grounded in an innate ability to draw. She is not afraid to confront universal themes of love, passion and the complexities of human relationships, something rarely expressed in art today.

One of Australia’s official war artists sent to East Timor in 1999, Sharpe is regularly travelling abroad in the name of art. In early 2012 she was invited to attend the centenary voyage to Antarctica by the Mawson’s Hut Foundation, producing over 100 works based on the experience. Her painting ‘Self-portrait in Antarctica with penguin and Mawson’s huts’ was a finalist in the 2012 Archibald Prize. She was also a finalist in the 2012 Mosman Art Prize, Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award and National Works on Paper Award.

Sharpe has been awarded many prestigious accolades and scholarships including The Portia Geach Memorial Prize (2003 and 1995); The Archibald Prize (1996); The Kedumba Drawing Prize (1995); The Mercedes Benz Traveling Scholarship (1999); The Sullman prize (1986); The Marten Bequest Traveling scholarship (1986); Tenancy of the Denise Hickey studio at Cite Des Arts in Paris (1986) and The Robert Le Gay Bereton Drawing prize, among many others.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 ‘Theatre of Dreams’, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2015 ‘Seeking Humanity – Portraits of Asylum Seekers’, The Muse, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney/ Belconnen Art Centre, Canberra/ Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney, Mary McKillop Place Museum North Sydney
2015 ‘Painting For Antarctica’ (with Bernard Ollis), The Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
2014 ‘Night’, King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
2014 ‘Conversations with Matisse’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, QLD
2013 ‘Wendy Sharpe’s Antarctica’, Long Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart, TAS
2013 ‘Burlesque and Backstage’, Buratti Fine Art, North Fremantle, WA
2013 ‘Truth or Dare’, Muk Muk Fine Art, Darwin, NT
2013 ‘Make Believe’, Ecosse Gallery, Exeter, Southern Highlands, NSW
2012 ‘Burlesque’, King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
2012 ‘Wendy Sharpe’s Antarctica’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour Sydney, NSW
2012 ‘Artist & Model’, Buratti Fine Art, North Fremantle, WA
2012 ‘Walking Dream’, Ecosse Gallery, Exeter, NSW
2011 ‘Artist and Model’, MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne, VIC
2011 ‘Wendy Sharpe: The Imagined Life’ (major survey retrospective), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 ‘Travel’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2010 ‘Venice’, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW
2008 ‘Travel’, MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne, VIC
2008 ‘Intimacy and Solitude’, Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2008 ‘Paris’, King St Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW
2007 ‘Stories from the Studio’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, QLD
2006 ‘Couples’, MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne, VIC
2006 ‘The Opera Series Paintings and Drawings’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘Million Dollar Mermaid’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, NSW
2005 ‘Artist & City & Spanish Series’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2004 ‘Paintings’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘Travel Paintings’, Phillip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2003 ‘Recent Paintings’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2003 ‘Paintings’, Phillip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2002 ‘Wendy Sharpe: a selection of works 1999-2002’, King Street Gallery on Burton at Span Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2002 ‘New Paintings’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
2000 ‘New Beginnings-East Timor’, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
2000 ‘East Timor’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1999 ‘Drawings, Paintings and Mixed Media Works for The Annette Kellermann Mural’ (at Cook & Phillip Aquatic Centre, Sydney), King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1997 ‘Night Paintings’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1996 ‘New Work’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1995 ‘New Work’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1993 ‘Recent Paintings’, Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1991 ‘Ghosts’, Pod Theatre, Sydney, NSW
1990 ‘Magic Paintings’, DC Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1989 ‘Recent Paintings’, DC Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1987 ‘Selected Work’, Nidus Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1986 ‘Fire Inside’, First Impressions Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1987 ‘Lingering Images’, Visual Arts Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1985 ‘Sex and Death’, Nicholson Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 ‘Collection: La Femina’, Grafton Regional Gallery
2015 Gold Coast City Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2015 Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Juniper Hall, Paddington.
2015 ‘Escape to Antarctica, Shackleton’, Sydney Maritime Museum
2015 ‘The Art of Shakespeare’ with Bell Shakespeare , Sydney Opera House, Sofitel Melbourne, Parliament House, Canberra
2015 ‘Salon des Refuses’, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney and Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery, Mornington, Victoria
2015 ‘ Mug Shot- Still Life Exhibition “ Ecosse Gallery , Exeter NSW
2015 ‘Newtown Romantics’, Penny Contemporary Gallery , Hobart, Tasmania
2015 ‘Australian Masterworks’, Handmark, Hobart, Tasmania
2015 ‘Labourers, Luminaries & Lieutenants’, Muse Gallery, Ultimo, Sydney
2015 ‘Painting For Antarctica: Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis Follow Shackleton’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
2015 ‘Shackleton: Escape From Antarctica’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
2015 ‘The Australians’, 12Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2015 Finalist, ‘Muswellbrook Art Prize’, Muswellbrook Gallery, NSW
2015 ‘Private Lives – Artist As Collector’, S.H Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
2014 Finalist, ‘Portia Geach Memorial Award’, S.H Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
2014 Finalist, ‘The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)’, Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton, NSW. Travelling to Redcliffe City Regional Gallery, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, and Tamworth Regional Gallery.
2014 Finalist, ‘Grace Cossington Smith art award’, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wahroonga, Sydney, NSW
2014 Finalist, Alice Prize
2014 ‘Forty Years’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, QLD
2014 Australian Watercolour Institute Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW
2013 ‘Figurative Show’, Buratti Fine Art, Perth, WA
2013 ‘Auto Portrait’, Ecosse Gallery, NSW
2013 Finalist, ‘Mosman Art Prize’, NSW
2013 Winner ‘Manning Art Prize’, Taree, NSW
2013 Finalist, ‘Doug Moran National Portrait Prize’, NSW
2012 Finalist ‘Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, NSW
2012 Finalist ‘National Works on Paper Award’, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC
2012 ‘Virtual Reality – Interpreting the Landscape’, King Street Gallery at Newcastle University Gallery NSW
2012 – 14 Finalist ‘Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award’, Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, University of the Sunshine, New England Regional Art Museum, Hervey Bay Regional, Griffith Regional Gallery, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Gympie Regional Gallery
2012 – 14 ‘In Two Art’, Artists Couples Exhibition, Maitland Regional Gallery, S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney, Orange Regional Gallery, Goulburn Regional Gallery, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Wollongong City Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW, Dalby Regional Gallery, QLD
2012 ‘The Animal’, King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2012 Finalist ‘Mosman Art Prize’, Mosman Regional Gallery Mosman, Sydney
NSW
2012 ‘The Archibald Portrait Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Travelling Exhibition: TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, Newcastle Art Gallery, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Grafton Regional Gallery, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, New England Regional Gallery
2011 ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing 2011’, Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2011 ‘Prints from the Griffith Studio’, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 ‘Zoo Residency Exhibition’, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2011 ‘Arkaba Station’, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW
2011 ‘Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, The Croydon PLC, Sydney, NSW
2010 ‘Slow Burn – A century of Australian woman artists from a private collection’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2010 ‘Tales from the City’, Two person show with Bernard Ollis, Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2009 ‘The Grand Tour’, Two person show with Bernard Ollis, United Galleries, Perth, WA
2009 ‘In the Wings’ Touring exhibition from The Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC
2009 ‘Collections’ Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Windsor NSW
2009 ‘Salon des Refuses’ S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009 ‘The Doug Moran Portrait Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, State Library of NSW, Sydney and travelling
2009 ‘The Sulman Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2009 ‘Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon, Sydney, NSW
2008 ‘Jada Drawing Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, Grafton Regional Art Gallery and Travelling
2008 ‘Urban Myth’, Two Person show with Bernard Ollis, United Galleries, Perth, WA
2008 ‘Drawn Encounters’, Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK
2008 ‘Sordid Tales’, NG Art Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
2008 ‘Jada Drawing Prize’, Grafton Regional Gallery and Travelling
2007 ‘Cuisine and Country’, curated by Gavin Wilson travelling regional galleries
2007 Finalist ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’ Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2007 ‘9 x 5 Show’, The Savage Club, Melbourne, VIC
2007 ‘Dusk til Dawn’, Delmar Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2007 ‘Squared’, Greenhill Galleries, Perth, WA
2007 ‘Group Therapy’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2006 ‘Grafton Drawing Prize’, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
2006 ‘Redlands Art Prize’, Mosman Regional Gallery, NSW
2006 ‘Kilgore Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition’, Newcastle Region Gallery, NSW
2006 ‘The Dobell Drawing Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘Defiance Drawing Show’, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘Mining the Archive’ Hillend Art Gallery, Curated by Gavin Wilson, NSW
2006 ‘The Art of the Operatic’ The Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC
2006 ‘The Salon Des Refuses’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘The Delmar Codex’, curated by Nick Vickers Delmar gallery Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘Exhibition of Drawing Prize Finalists’, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘The Big Picture’, curated by Nick Vickers, Delmar Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘Australian Art’, Hongik University Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2005 – 2007 ‘Fireworks’, tracing the incendiary in Australian Art, curated by Gavin Wilson, Travelling Exhibition
2005 ‘Witness to War’, Mornington Regional Art Gallery & Travelling Exhibition
2005 ‘The Defiance Drawing Show’, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 ‘The Salon Des Refuses’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 ‘Gold Coast City Art Prize’, QLD
2005 ‘Walking the Line’, National Art School, Sydney, NSW
2005 ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘The Wynne Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘Drawcard’, National Art School, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘2004 The Year in Art’, National Trust, S.H. Irvin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘Mosman Art Prize’, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘Spectrum 2004’, FONAS, Parliament House, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘Westpac Art Prize’, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘Reg Richardson Collection Exhibition’, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003 ‘The Salon Des Refuses’ S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003 ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2003 Winner ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003 ‘Art Gallery of New South Wales – 50th Anniversary Exhibition and Auction’ Sydney, NSW
2003 Winner ‘Allen Gamble Memorial Art Prize’ (in conjunction with Mosman Art Prize), Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003 ‘Ned Kelly-Framed’, National Trust of Australia, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2002 ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2002 ‘Exhibition’, King Street Gallery at Span Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2002 ‘Kedumba Drawing Prize’, Kedumba Gallery, Wentworth Falls, NSW
2002 ‘Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2002 ‘Erotica’, Metro5, Melbourne, VIC
2002 ‘Salon des Refuses’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, NSW
2001 ‘Federation’, curated by John McDonald National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
2001 ‘A Studio in Paris – Australian Artists at the Cite’, curated by Jane Watters, S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney, NSW
2001 ‘Works on Paper’, two person show with Nora Heysen, Von Bertouch Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
2001 ‘Studio Tradition’, curated by Therese Kenyon, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW
2001 ‘Bat, Ball and Brush, A Summer of Cricket and Art at the Sydney Cricket Ground’, Sydney, NSW
2001 ‘Art on Steel’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
2001 ‘Exhibition’, Museum of Tropical Queensland, & Travelling Exhibition
2000 ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2000 ‘Last Show of the Year’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
2000 ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, Cutcliffe Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2000 ‘Ceramics and Works on Paper’, collaborative with Janna Ferris, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2000 ‘Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair’, King Street Galleries, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC
2000 ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1999 ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1999 ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1999 ‘Last Show of the Year’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1999 ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1998 ‘Last Show of the Year’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1997 ‘Gallery Artists’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1996 Winner ‘The Archibald Portrait Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1996 ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1996 ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1996 ‘Gallery Artists’, King Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1995 ‘The Archibald Portrait Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Travelling Exhibition: Moree Regional Art Gallery; Dubbo Regional Art Gallery; Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW
1995 Winner ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’ S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1995 ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1995 ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1995 Winner ‘Kedumba Drawing Prize’, Kedumba Gallery, Wentworth Falls, NSW
1994 ‘The Archibald Portrait Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Travelling Exhibition: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, NSW
1994 ‘Erotic/Exotic’, two person show with Tim Schultz, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1994 ‘Exhibition’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
1993 ‘Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1992 ‘Critic’s Choice’, Macquarie Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1992 ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1992 ‘Salon des Refuses’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1991 ‘Erotic/Exotic’, Inner Circle Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1991 ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’ S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1991 ‘A Figurative Focus’, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, NSW
1991 ‘The Intimate Experience (Australian Women’s Images of Women)’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1990 ‘International Women’s Exhibition’, Women’s Gallery
1989 ‘Modern Muses: Classical Mythology in Australian Art (1940 – 1989)’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1988 ‘Elysian Muses Return’, EMR Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1988 ‘Fresh Art’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1986 Winner ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1985 ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW