Wendy Sharpe: Artist and Model - Art Collector

Wendy Sharpe, Two Women with Max and Coffee Cup, 2011. Oil on canvas, 100 x 125cm.

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists, include winning the Sulman prize, the Portia Geach Memorial prize (twice), the Archibald Prize, the Kedumba drawing prize, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, the Mercedez Benz Scholarship and numerous other awards. In her first West Australian solo exhibition, she presents a glimpse into the often private and mysterious relationship between the artist and the model. A favourite subject of Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Sharpe brings a unique perspective both tipping her hat to the masters and adding an Australian element. In 1998 Wendy was commissioned by the city of Sydney to paint an Olympic pool size mural for Cook and Philip Park Aquatic Centre, then in 1999 by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as an Australian Official Artist to East Timor – the first woman appointed since WW2.

Wendy was recently awarded her second Artist Residency by the AGNSW studio at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, and a residency at the Australian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt (as Special Guest of the Australian Ambassador). In 2009 she completed exhibition on the Australian Ballet, commissioned by the Art Centre Victoria. She is a regular finalist in the Archibald, Sulman, Wynne and Dobell Prizes. She exhibits throughout Australia, with over 30 solo exhibitions, including numerous important state & regional gallery touring and survey shows.

Wendy Sharpe is an invited artist on the Mawson Centenary Antarctic Voyage. She is spending 6 to 7 weeks in the Antarctic as guest of the Mawson's Huts Foundation, having sailed from Hobart at the start of January 2012.

Opening drinks: 6 - 8pm Friday 16 March
Exhibition closes: 15 April 2012
Location: Buratti Fine Art, 222 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle, WA
Contact: 08 9433 6369
Email: mail@buratti.com.au

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