A solo exhibition/installation works on paper and wall drawing at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
Above: Me and the Skeleton (detail), 2015, gouache with oil wax pastel, 76cm x 57cm
The National Art School Fellowship acknowledges the achievements of eminent visual artists, arts administrators,writers, advocates and academics who have made outstanding contributions to the visual arts community in Australia. The Fellowship is an honorary award for exceptional achievement and / or service within the professional domain, awarded annually by the National Art School.
The 2018 recipients of National Art School Fellowships have been announced, with the honour bestowed upon renowned painters Wendy Sharpe and Michael Johnson.The 2018 Fellows were honoured at a celebratory dinner on Thursday 24 May 2018, held at the National Art School in a gallery space that was once the studio of celebrated Australian sculptor and NAS teacher, Rayner Hoff. Presented at the annual Graduation ceremony alongside completing Bachelor and Master of Fine Art students, the Fellowship is the School’s highest award. Director Steven Alderton says of the Fellows: “In recognising these two prominent alumni, we are recognising their immense contributions to Australian art. Their work and their careers are inspirations to our students.”
"NAS has always been a place for artists – enthusiastic, creative and exciting, where making art is the most important thing. It has always had a wonderful camaraderie between staff and students and an atmosphere of working, and experimenting. The central place of drawing in the curriculum is to be applauded and I hope will never change. NAS helps students to understand the artistic process, setting them up for life – not merely giving them a degree. This is only art school I would study in myself if I was starting out now.'Wendy Sharpe, 2018.NAS LINK
In 2017 Wendy Sharpe was part of a group of leading Australian artists visited the WW1 battlefields of France and Belgium. Although a century ago devastation and tragedy is still present.
Exhibition produced in partnership with King Street Gallery . Centenary of ANZAC.SALIENT LINK BARG LINK
Maria Stoljar interviewed Wendy Sharpe for episode 45 of the 'Talking with Painters' podcast in May 2018. Wendy talks about her work in progress for her show 'Paris Windows' scheduled for August 2018 at King Street Gallery on William.GALLERY LINK
In an interview for ABC Radio National 'Behind the curtain with painter Wendy Sharpe' Wendy reveals more on the real lives of some of Australia's circus and burlesque performers. (Above: Dressing Room - Circus 120 x 240cm Oil on Linen) Listen or download via the following link.ABC LINK
Wendy Sharpe is excited to be among only a handful of artists to date to be given exclusive back-of-house access to the 107 year-old Mitchell Building, which has not undergone any major work since 1964.
“The State Library has always been a place close to my heart,” said Wendy. “I used to come here with my father historian Alan Sharpe while he was researching various historic texts and photographs. I have also spent time here researching the endlessly fascinating collection for various projects,” Wendy said.
She plans to draw and paint – mostly in gouache (opaque watercolour) – a range of subjects and views from the rooftop right down to the floors below street level, depicting the major changes that are taking place.