Wendy Sharpe

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Wendy Sharpe
Born 1960
Nationality Australian
Known for artist
Awards Sulman Prize, Archibald Prize

Wendy Sharpe (born 1960 in Sydney) is an Australian artist. Winner of the Sulman Prize in 1986 with Black Sun - Morning and Night[1] and the Archibald Prize in 1996 with Self Portrait - as Diana of Erskineville,[2] Sharpe was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Prize twice in 1995 and 2003. During her extensive career, Sharpe has been awarded a number of Scholarships and overseas residencies including the Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship and a residency at the Australian Embassy Residence in Cairo, Egypt (as guest of the Australian ambassador).

She was one of Australia's official war artists sent to East Timor in 1999[3] and in 2012 she was commissioned to join the centenary voyage to Antarctica by the Mawson’s Hut Foundation as an artist in residence.[4]


  • 1978-79 Art Certificate - Seaforth Technical College, Sydney, Australia
  • 1980-82 City Art Institute - Bachelor of Visual Arts, Sydney, Australia
  • 1983 Sydney Institute of Education - Graduate Diploma of Education, Sydney, Australia
  • 1984 City Art Institute - Graduate Diploma of Professional Art, Sydney, Australia
  • 1991 - 92 MA (Fine Art) - College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia

Selected awards, Commissions, and Scholarships[edit]

  • 1986 Awarded term of tenancy of studio at Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
  • 1986 Dyason Bequest
  • 1986 Marten Bequest, Travelling Art Scholarship (painting)
  • 1986 Sulman Prize, judged by Albert Tucker
  • 1987-88 Travelling scholarship to Europe and New York
  • 1987 Tenancy of Studio in Paris (Dr Denise Hickey studio)
  • 1989 Mercedes-Benz Scholarship to Egypt, Israel, Greece and Italy
  • 1990/94 Modern Figurative Award, Sydney Royal Art Show (Judge Kevin Connor)
  • 1990 Waverley Art Prize
  • 1991–92 Australia Post Graduate Research Award
  • 1992 Robert Le Gay Bereton Drawing Prize
  • 1994 Cite International des Arts, Paris
  • 1995 Portia Geach Memorial Award
  • 1995 Kedumba Drawing Prize, Fairmont Resort, Leura
  • 1996 Archibald Prize (Diana of Erskinville)2011 Taronga Zoo Artist residency, Sydney
  • 1998 The Bathurst Art Prize, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
  • 1998-99 Commissioned by the City of Sydney for Olympic pool murals based on the life of Annette Kellerman (8 panels), Cook & Phillip Aquatic Centre
  • 1999 Appointed as Australian Official Artist attached to the Australian Army History Unit in Dili, East Timor, Australian War Memorial, ACT
  • 2003 Allen Gamble Memorial Art Prize, Sydney
  • 2003 The Portia Geach Memorial Prize Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
  • 2006 Awarded tenancy of Cite Internationale Des Arts Studio, Paris for 2007 by the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 2008 Artist Residency at the Australian Residency Cairo, Egypt, at the personal invitation of the Australian Ambassador
  • 2008 - 09 Commission: The Arts Centre Victoria - The Australian Ballet's tribute to the Ballet Russes (Exhibition)
  • 2011 Taronga Zoo Artist residency, Sydney
  • 2012 Finalist 'Dobell Prize for Drawing', Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 2012 Antarctica artist residency, Mawson’s Huts Foundation
  • 2013 'Naked and Nude', Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, New South Wales
  • 2013 Finalist Doug Moran Art Prize

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 1985 "Sex and Death" Nicholson Street Gallery, Sydney
  • 1986 "Fire Inside" First Impressions Gallery, Sydney
  • 1986 "Lingering Images" Visual Arts Gallery Sydney
  • 1987 Selected Work Nidus Gallery, Sydney
  • 1989 Recent Paintings, DC-ART, Sydney
  • 1990 "Magic Paintings", DC-ART, Sydney
  • 1991 "Ghosts" POD Theatre, Sydney
  • 1993 Recent Paintings, Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney
  • 2011 "An Imagined Life" S H Ervin gallery, Sydney
  • 2011 'Walking Dream', Ecosse Gallery, Exeter NSW
  • 2012 "Artist & Model" Buratti Fine Art, Perth
  • 2012 ‘Wendy Sharpe’s Antarctica’, National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney
  • 2012 ‘Burlesque’, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
  • 2013 'Truth or Dare', Muk Muk Gallery, Alice Springs,Darwin, Northern Territory
  • 2013 'Burlesque and Backstage', Buratti Fine Art, North Fremantle, Western Australia
  • 2013 'Make Believe', Ecosse Gallery, Exeter, Southern Highlands, New South Wales


  1. ^ "Sir John Sulman Prize winners (1936 - )". Art Gallery of New South Wales. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ Schmidt, Lucinda (20 September 2006). "Profile:Wendy Sharpe". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Wilkins, Lola. "Wendy Sharpe". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Mark, David. (5 January 2012). "[ An artist in Antartica]". "AM, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 March 2013.