Wendy Sharpe

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Wendy Sharpe
Born 1960
Nationality Australian
Known for artist
Awards Sulman Prize, Archibald Prize
Website http://www.wendysharpe.com/

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]

She was an Archibald Prize finalist in 2013 and 2014.


  • 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.