Wendy Sharpe is known for her vibrant, expressive paintings of voluptuous, often nude women that give a nod to the odalisques of Matisse and his peers. Across all subject matter she employs bold, layered colours and gestural brushstrokes to create dynamic and intriguing scenes.
Sharpe’s recent works on paper have explored themes of relationships, memory, restlessness and longing, as well as being about the act of drawing and creation itself. They depict figures in real and imagined scenes which are sometimes fragmented into psychological landscapes.
Sharpe has won the Archibald and Sulman Prizes, as well as twice being awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Prize. She 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 a guest of the Australian ambassador). She spent time in East Timor as an official Australian war artist in 1999 and in 2012 she was commissioned to join the centenary voyage to Antarctica by the Mawson’s Hut Foundation as artist-in-residence.