King Street Gallery on William

Wendy Sharpe AM

Wendy Sharpe AM was born in Sydney, and currently lives and works between her two studios in Paris and Sydney. Sharpe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Visual Art, from City Art Institute in Sydney, 1982, and then once again with a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, in 1992. Wendy has been exhibiting with King Street since 1995.

Sharpe has been awarded Member [AM] of the Order of Australia [General Division] in the King’s Birthday Honours 2023.

Wendy Sharpe has featured in over seventy exhibitions nationally, with solo exhibitions in Sydney, Paris, Berlin, China and the UK; her work is held in public and private collections throughout Australia and internationally.

Wendy is also one of Australia’s most awarded artists. She has won the Archibald Portrait Prize, the Sir John Sulman Prize, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, the Mercedes Benz Travelling Scholarship, the Kedumba Drawing Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Award (twice), the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, the Manning Art Prize and the Calleen Art Prize, among many others. She has also been a finalist in the Archibald Prize eight times and in the Sir John Sulman Prize fourteen times (note: more than any other artist). Recently, Sharpe won the Gold Art Prize in Rockhampton.

Sharpe has also been awarded numerous artist residencies both in Australia and internationally, in China, Mexico, Egypt, the Arctic and Antarctica (twice), and at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (twice).

Additionally, Sharpe’s major commissions include a commission from the City of Sydney to paint an Olympic size mural at Cook and Philip Park Aquatic Centre, Sydney, 1998. In 1999, Sharpe was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial as an Official War Artist for Australia. She was later invited to sit on the council of the Australian War Memorial for nine years.

Sharpe worked on a major portrait project with the Asylum Seeker Centre in Sydney, for which she is now an Ambassador. In 2018 she was awarded a ‘fellowship’ at the National Art School in Sydney, and in 2019 she was made a fellow of the Royal Society of NSW.

Exhibitions

Films

Wendy Sharpe: Vu iz dos Gesele. A 40 metre mural at the Sydney Jewish Museum

Vu iz dos gesele/ Where is the little street? Film by John Fotiadis with the stunning voice of Fay Sussman.

Vu iz dos Gesele (Where is the Little Street)? Sydney Jewish Museum 2021

In July 2021, Archibald-winning Australian artist Wendy Sharpe took over the walls of Sydney Jewish Museum’s gallery space, using a large-scale painted mural to tell her family’s stories from their Ukrainian hometown of Kamianets-Podilskyi. Along with comments from Head Curator Roslyn Sugarman, Wendy tells us about the inspiration and artistic process behind her artwork.

Wendy Sharpe creating a 40 metre mural at the Sydney Jewish Museum

Wendy Sharpe takes us through the creation of the mural section of her grandmother, Bessie.

Wendy Sharpe in the Archibald Prize 2020 - Maria Stoljar

Maria Stoljar takes you to the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW

Wendy Sharpe Women's Empowerment Mural Newtown 2020

Wendy Sharpe talks with Maria Stoljar on the Talking with Painters episode.

Wendy Sharpe: Interview with Richard Morecroft 2020

Wendy Sharpe: Wanderlust 2019

See Wendy Sharpe ‘at work’ in her studios in Sydney and Paris, and explore the importance of travel and culture to the artist. Produced by Catherine Hunter for the 2019 MAG&M exhibition.

Perspectives on Picasso - Wendy Sharpe in her studio

Australian sculptor Paul Selwood, who is commenting on his latest work "Expanded Figure". The sculpture will be Kamstrup's new landmark at the headquarters in Denmark.

Salient: Contemporary artists at the Western Front

'Salient: Contemporary artists at the Western Front' is a group exhibition which is travelling across Australia opening at the New England Regional Art Museum in March 2018. A group of twelve leading Australian artists travelled to Belgium and France to the First World War battlefields of the western front. Historian Brad Manera, who had previously travelled with many of the artists to Gallipoli, and artists Wendy Sharpe, Euan Macleod and Amanda Penrose Hart talked with Maria Stoljar about the exhibition.

Mawson’s Huts Foundation

Award winning Australian artist, Wendy Sharpe, travels to Antarctica as a guest of the Mawson's Huts Foundation (January 2012).

Inside the Artist's Studio - Wendy Sharpe

Solo Exhibitions [selected]

2024
‘Spellbound’ Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
‘I am All Those Who Are No More’, [Mural] Rockhampton Museum of Art, Rockhampton.

2023
Wheel of Fortune’ King Street Gallery on William, NSW

2022-23
A Dance to the Music of Time’ Lake Macquarie Museum of Art and Culture, NSW

2022
Her Shoes’, Fundraising Exhibition for Lou’s Place Women’s Refuge, Juniper Hall, Sydney, NSW

2021
‘Paintings about Magic and Time Passing’ – Linton & Kay Gallery Perth, WA
‘Where is the little Street ?’ Sydney Jewish Museum, NSW
Pandora’s Box’, Nicholas Thompson, Melbourne, VIC

2020 – 2021
‘Ghosts’, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2020
‘MAGIC’, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW
‘Celebrating Women: Hamlin Fistula Foundation’, Macquarie Space Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2019
‘The Most Northly Exhibition’, Artic Unveiled, Svalbard, Norway
‘Paris’, Linton and Kay Galleries, Subiaco, Perth, WA
‘Paris Stories’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, VIC
‘Western Front WWI’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, VIC

2018
‘Paris Windows’ King Street Gallery on William. Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
‘Secrets’ Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW
‘Wanderlust’, Aarwun Gallery Canberra, ACT

2017- 2018
‘Wendy Sharpe’, Clayton Utz, Bligh Street, Sydney, NSW

2017
‘Wanderlust’, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC
‘Burlesque and Circus’, Linton and Kay, Perth, WA
‘Burlesque and Circus’ Aarwun Gallery Canberra, ACT
‘House of Dreams and The Book of Constant Stars ‘, Juniper Hall, Sydney, NSW

2016
‘Wendy Sharpe’, Linyi Contemporary Art Centre China
‘Cultural Exchange of Australia and China’, Qinghua Centre, Linyi China
6th Shandong Cultural Industries Fair Jinan, China
‘China Stories’ Shanghai Cultural Centre and Art Gallery Shanghai China
‘CIRCUS’, King Street Gallery on William. Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
‘Butt Naked Salon’, with the Australian Art Quartet. Yellow House, Sydney, NSW
‘Theatre of Dreams’, Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, UK
‘Wanderlust’ – Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah QLD
‘Beautiful Monsters’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, QLD
Prints  Fire Station Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2015
‘Theatre of Dreams’, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, Germany
‘Seeking Humanity – Portraits of Asylum Seekers’, The Muse, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney/ Belconnen Art Centre, Canberra/ Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney, Mary McKillop Place Museum North Sydney, NSW
‘Painting for Antarctica’ (with Bernard Ollis), The Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, NSW

2014
‘Le Regard de Deux Australiens’, Espace Beaujon, 75008 Paris, France
‘Night’, King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
‘Conversations with Matisse’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, QLD

2013
‘Wendy Sharpe’s Antarctica’, Long Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart, TAS
‘Burlesque and Backstage’, Buratti Fine Art, North Fremantle, WA
‘Truth or Dare’, Muk Muk Fine Art, Darwin, NT
‘Make Believe’, Ecosse Gallery, Exeter, Southern Highlands, NSW

2012
‘Burlesque’, King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
‘Wendy Sharpe’s Antarctica’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour Sydney, NSW
‘Artist & Model’, Buratti Fine Art, North Fremantle, WA
‘Walking Dream’, Ecosse Gallery, Exeter, NSW

2011
‘Artist and Model’, MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne, VIC
‘Wendy Sharpe: The Imagined Life’ (major survey retrospective), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Travel’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2010
‘Venice’, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW

2008
‘Travel’, MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne, VIC
‘Intimacy and Solitude’, Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide, SA
‘Paris’, King St Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW

2007
‘Stories from the Studio’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, QLD

2006
‘Couples’, MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne, VIC
‘The Opera Series Paintings and Drawings’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
‘Million Dollar Mermaid’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, NSW

2005
‘Artist & City & Spanish Series’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2004
‘Paintings’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
‘Travel Paintings’, Phillip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2003
‘Recent Paintings’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
‘Paintings’, Phillip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2002
‘Wendy Sharpe: a selection of works 1999-2002’, King Street Gallery on Burton at Span Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
‘New Paintings’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW

2000
‘New Beginnings-East Timor’, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
‘East Timor’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW

1999
‘Drawings, Paintings and Mixed Media Works for The Annette Kellermann Mural’ (at Cook & Phillip Aquatic Centre, Sydney), King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW

1997
‘Night Paintings’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW

1996
‘New Work’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW

1995
‘New Work’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW

1993
‘Recent Paintings’, Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1991
‘Ghosts’, Pod Theatre, Sydney, NSW

1990
‘Magic Paintings’, DC Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1989
‘Recent Paintings’, DC Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1987
‘Selected Work’, Nidus Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1986
‘Fire Inside’, First Impressions Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1987
‘Lingering Images’, Visual Arts Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1985
‘Sex and Death’, Nicholson Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1980
Winner, International Women’s Decade Poster, NSW

Group Exhibitions [selected]

2024
Salon des Refuses, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2023
The Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Stills, Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery, Coffs Harbour
Naked and Nude, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree

2022    
Sulman Prize
– Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
Grace Cossington Smith Art Award, Abbotsleigh, NSW
The Gold Art Award Invitational Exhibition, Rockhampton Museum of Art, QLD
Treasures from the Vault, Manly Art Gallery, NSW

2021
Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Geelong Gallery, Cairns Art Gallery, Art Gallery of SA, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Home of the Arts, Gold Coast, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 6 November 2021 – 28 January 2024
9 x 5, Hill End Arts Council, Hill End, NSW
Sydney Harbour: Treasures From the Vault, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW
Portia Geach, S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Salon des Refuses David Roche Foundation, Adelaide, SA
Kennedy Art Prize, Adelaide, SA
DARK, Wendy Sharpe & Steven Cavanagh, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
The Figure, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, QLD
Muswellbrook Art Prize 2021, NSW

2020
National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Gallery, Victoria
Burlesque Museum, Kensington Street Studios, Chippendale, Sydney, NSW, 19 November
PANDEMIC!, The State Library of NSW, Sydney, 5 September – 24 January 2021
The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman, Sydney, NSW
Portia Geach, S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Self Portrait, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW
Kilgour Art Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW
Tradition and Transformation II: Taiwan-Australian International Watercolour Exhibition. Dadun Cultural Centre, Taichung City, Taiwan, 30 May – 17 June
Eye to Eye, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2019
The Darling Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Doug Moran Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
Ravenswood Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
Salon Des Refuses, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Artist Book Award, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, NSW
Calleen Art Award, NSW
Dobell Drawing Prize, Sydney, NSW
Muswellbrook Art Prize, NSW
Australia Day Artist, Sydney Morning Herald

2018    
Ravenswood Art Prize, Centenary Centre Gordon, Sydney, NSW
‘Inside/Outside’ King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW
‘Destination Sydney’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘100 years on’ King Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Salient : Contemporary artists at the Western Front’ Travelling Exhibition 2018– 2020, New England Regional Art Museum, NSW: 24 March – 3 June 2018, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 10 August – 7 October 2018, Anzac War Memorial, Sydney, NSW: 21 October 2018– 17 February 2019, Bank Art Museum. Moree, NSW: 5 March – 29 April 2019, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW: 11 May – 30 June 2019, Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW: 21 November – 16 February 2020
New Galleries, State Library of NSW
‘Elsewhere – Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria Iran and Central Asia’, exhibition with Bernard Ollis, HR Gallop Gallery, CSU Wagga Wagga, NSW – 13 August to 7 September 2018, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW – 29 September to 4 November 2018, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW: May – June 2019, The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW: 20 July – 29 September 2019, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 8 February – 22 March 2020
Finalist, Grace Cossington Smith Art Prize, Abbotsleigh, NSW
Finalist, Portia Geach Award, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, Fishers Ghost Award, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Nowra, NSW
Finalist, Ravenswood Art Prize, Centenary Centre Gordon, Sydney, NSW
‘The Art of Friendship’, Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘Salon des Refuses’, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Interiors’, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, NSW
‘Salient – Contemporary Artists at the Western Front ‘, New England Regional Gallery, NSW 23 March-3 June 2018, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW 10 August-7 October, The Anzac Memorial Sydney, NSW October 2018 – 17 February 2019, Bank Art Museum Moree 5 March- 29 April 2019, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre 11 May- 30 June 2019, Tweed Regional Gallery 21 November- 16 February 2020.
Australian Women Artists’, Philip Bacon Galleries Brisbane QLD
‘Art from Our Souls’. New Chinese Australian Art Society, St Magdalen’s Chapel, Guest Artist, Wolli Creek, Sydney, NSW

2017
‘Cabaret’, Guest Artist, Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, Sydney, NSW
‘Salon des Refuses’, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis – Etchings’, The Fire Station Gallery Melbourne VIC
Finalist, ‘Portia Geach Memorial Award’, S.H Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney,   NSW
‘From the Collection: Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis: Life and Travels’ Blue Mountains City Gallery, NSW

2016
‘Battle for Berrima Show’, Berrima Artspace, E2, Berrima, NSW
‘Prints from the Griffith Studio’, Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore, NSW
’Salon des Refuses’, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘The Collection’, The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW
Drawing Exhibition, Untitled Factory, Rue Gabrielle 18eme. Paris, France
‘Self Portrait Exhibition’ Yellow House, Potts Point Sydney, NSW
‘WAR – A Playground Perspective’, Newington Armory Gallery, NSW
‘Collection: La Femina’, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW

2015
Gold Coast City Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Juniper Hall, Paddington, NSW
‘Escape to Antarctica, Shackleton’, Sydney Maritime Museum, NSW
‘The Art of Shakespeare’ with Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Opera House, Sofitel Melbourne, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
‘Salon des Refuses’, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW and Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery, Mornington, VIC
‘Mug Shot- Still Life Exhibition’, Ecosse Gallery, Exeter, NSW
‘Newtown Romantics’, Penny Contemporary Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
‘Australian Masterworks’, Handmark, Hobart, Tasmania
‘Labourers, Luminaries & Lieutenants’, Muse Gallery, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
‘Painting for Antarctica: Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis Follow Shackleton’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
‘Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica’, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
‘The Australians’, 12Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Finalist, ‘Muswellbrook Art Prize’, Muswellbrook Gallery, NSW
‘Private Lives – Artist as Collector’, S.H Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

2014
Finalist, ‘Portia Geach Memorial Award’, S.H Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA)’, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW. Travelling to: Redcliffe City Regional Gallery, QLD, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW and Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW
Finalist, ‘Grace Cossington Smith art award’, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wahroonga, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, Alice Prize
‘Forty Years’, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, QLD
Australian Watercolour Institute Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW

2013
‘Figurative Show’, Buratti Fine Art, Perth, WA
‘Auto Portrait’, Ecosse Gallery, NSW
Finalist, ‘Mosman Art Prize’, NSW
Winner ‘Manning Art Prize’, Taree, NSW
Finalist, ‘Doug Moran National Portrait Prize’, NSW

2012
Finalist ‘Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, NSW
Finalist ‘National Works on Paper Award’, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC
‘Virtual Reality – Interpreting the Landscape’, King Street Gallery at Newcastle University Gallery NSW
Finalist ‘Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award’, Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW. Travelling to: Redcliffe City Art Gallery, QLD, University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD, New England Regional Art Museum, NSW, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD, Griffith Regional Gallery, NSW, Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW, Bundaberg Regional Gallery, QLD Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD, Gympie Regional Gallery, OLD
‘In Two Art’, Artists Couples Exhibition: Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW, S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney, NSW, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW, Goulburn Regional Gallery, NSW, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, NSW Wollongong City Gallery, NSW, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW, Dalby Regional Gallery, QLD
‘The Animal’, King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
Finalist ‘Mosman Art Prize’, Mosman Regional Gallery Mosman, Sydney, NSW
‘The Archibald Portrait Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Travelling Exhibition: TarraWarra Museum of Art, VIC, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW, New England Regional Gallery, NSW

2011
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing 2011’, Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
‘Prints from the Griffith Studio’, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Zoo Residency Exhibition’, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, NSW
‘Arkaba Station’, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, The Croydon PLC, Sydney, NSW

2010
‘Slow Burn – A century of Australian woman artists from a private collection’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Tales from the City’, Wendy Sharpe & Bernard Ollis, Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2009
‘The Grand Tour’, Two person show with Bernard Ollis, United Galleries, Perth, WA
‘In the Wings’ Touring exhibition from The Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC
‘Collections’ Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Windsor NSW
‘Salon des Refuses’ S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Doug Moran Portrait Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, State Library of NSW, Sydney and travelling
Finalist, ‘The Sulman Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon, Sydney, NSW

2008
Finalist,
‘Jada Drawing Prize’, Finalist Exhibition, Grafton Regional Art Gallery and Travelling
‘Urban Myth’, Two Person show with Bernard Ollis, United Galleries, Perth, WA
‘Drawn Encounters’, Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK
‘Sordid Tales’, NG Art Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘Jada Drawing Prize’, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW and Travelling

2007
‘Cuisine and Country’, curated by Gavin Wilson travelling Australian regional galleries
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’ Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘9 x 5 Show’, The Savage Club, Melbourne, VIC
‘Dusk til Dawn’, Delmar Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Squared’, Greenhill Galleries, Perth, WA
‘Group Therapy’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2006
Finalist, ‘Grafton Drawing Prize’, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
‘Redlands Art Prize’, Mosman Regional Gallery, NSW
Finalist, ‘Kilgour Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition’, Newcastle Region Gallery, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Drawing Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘Defiance Drawing Show’, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Mining the Archive’ Hillend Art Gallery, Curated by Gavin Wilson, NSW
‘The Art of the Operatic’ The Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC
‘The Salon Des Refuses’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘The Delmar Codex’, curated by Nick Vickers Delmar gallery Sydney, NSW
‘Exhibition of Drawing Prize Finalists’, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘The Big Picture’, curated by Nick Vickers, Delmar Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Australian Art’, Hongik University Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2005
‘Fireworks’, tracing the incendiary in Australian Art, curated by Gavin Wilson travelling exhibition
‘Witness to War’, Mornington Regional Art Gallery, VIC & Travelling Exhibition
‘The Defiance Drawing Show’, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘The Salon Des Refuses’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Gold Coast City Art Prize’, QLD
‘Walking the Line’, National Art School, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

2004
Finalist, ‘The Wynne Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘Drawcard’, National Art School, Sydney, NSW
‘2004 The Year in Art’, National Trust, S.H. Irvin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘Mosman Art Prize’, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Spectrum 2004’, FONAS, Parliament House, Sydney, NSW
‘Westpac Art Prize’, Sydney, NSW
‘Reg Richardson Collection Exhibition’, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2003
‘The Salon Des Refuses’ S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Winner, ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Art Gallery of New South Wales – 50th Anniversary Exhibition and Auction’ Sydney, NSW
Winner, ‘Allen Gamble Memorial Art Prize’ (in conjunction with Mosman Art Prize), Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Ned Kelly-Framed’, National Trust of Australia, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2002
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘Exhibition’, King Street Gallery at Span Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
‘Kedumba Drawing Prize’, Kedumba Gallery, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Finalist, ‘Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Erotica’, Metro5, Melbourne, VIC
‘Salon des Refuses’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, NSW

2001
‘Federation’, curated by John McDonald National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
‘A Studio in Paris – Australian Artists at the Cite’, curated by Jane Watters, S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney, NSW
‘Works on Paper’, two person show with Nora Heysen, Von Bertouch Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
‘Studio Tradition’, curated by Therese Kenyon, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW
‘Bat, Ball and Brush, A Summer of Cricket and Art at the Sydney Cricket Ground’, Sydney, NSW
‘Art on Steel’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
‘Exhibition’, Museum of Tropical Queensland, & Travelling Exhibition

2000
Finalist, ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘Last Show of the Year’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, Cutcliffe Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Ceramics and Works on Paper’, collaborative with Janna Ferris, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
‘Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair’, King Street Galleries, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

1999
Finalist, ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘Last Show of the Year’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1998
‘Last Show of the Year’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW

1997
‘Gallery Artists’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW

1996
Winner, ‘The Archibald Portrait Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
‘Gallery Artists’, King Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1995
‘The (Last) Christmas Show’, Women’s Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
‘The Archibald Portrait Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Travelling Exhibition: Moree Regional Art Gallery, NSW Dubbo Regional Art Gallery, NSW Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Winner, ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’ S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Sulman Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Dobell Prize for Drawing’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Winner, ‘Kedumba Drawing Prize’, Kedumba Gallery, Wentworth Falls, NSW

1994
Finalist, ‘The Archibald Portrait Prize’, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Travelling Exhibition: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, NSW
‘Erotic/Exotic’, two person show with Tim Schultz, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Exhibition’, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW

1993
Finalist, ‘Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1992
‘Critic’s Choice’, Macquarie Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Salon des Refuses’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1991
‘Erotic/Exotic’, Inner Circle Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Finalist, ‘The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize’ S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘A Figurative Focus’, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, NSW
‘The Intimate Experience (Australian Women’s Images of Women)’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1990
‘International Women’s Exhibition’, Women’s Gallery

1989
‘Modern Muses: Classical Mythology in Australian Art (1940 – 1989)’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1988
‘Elysian Muses Return’, EMR Gallery, Sydney, NSW
‘Fresh Art’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1986
Winner, The Sulman Prize –  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

1985
Finalist, The Sulman Prize –  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Collections

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Arts Centre, Victoria
Adelaide Perry Collection, Croydon, NSW
Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
ANZAC Memorial, Sydney, NSW
Australian Embassy, Paris, France
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
BHP Australia
Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, NSW
City of Belmont, Perth, WA
City of Sydney Council, NSW
Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
Kedumba Drawing Collection
Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW
Manly Regional Gallery, NSW
Manning Regional Gallery, VIC
Mosman Art Gallery, NSW
National Art School Sydney, NSW
National Portrait Gallery, ACT
Northern Beaches Library, Manly, Sydney, NSW
Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
Qantas, Australia
Rockhampton Museum of Art, QLD
State Library of NSW
State Library of Queensland
Sydney Jewish Museum, NSW
Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW
University of Queensland
University of Sydney, NSW
Warringah Council, NSW
Waverley Council, NSW

Wheel of Fortune 2023

Alchemy 2022

Art by Wendy Sharpe, Words by Kate Forsyth
Published 2022 by Upswell
Pages: 200

Magic 2020

Paris Windows 2018

Salient – Contemporary artists at the Western Front 2018–2020

Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis 2016

By Ginger Li
Published 2016 Shanghai, China

Artists in Action - 2003

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial
Hardcover, illustrated
196 pages

New Beginnings Wendy Sharpe - East Timor, 2000

Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Australian War Memorial

Eroticism - Images of sexuality in Australian art 1992

Dysart, Craftsman House, 1992
Front cover: Wendy Sharpe, Fantasy, 1992 (detail) Oil on canvas, 85x70cm

Landmark report shows men still dominate Australian arts

Sydney Morning Herald, The Age

April 30, 2024

Space 22

ABC TV

31st May 2022

Site Unseen

ABC TV - Compass

1st May 2022

Nationally acclaimed artist to visit RMOA by Khrysti Balanay

CQ Today Online Publication

9 March 2022

Gold Award 2022 Winner Announced

Mirage News

1 March 2022

Painter Wendy Sharpe on her Jewish roots

ABC Listen

21 January 2022

Shop/play by Frances Mocnik

The Sydney Morning Herald, The Good Weekend

28 February 2020

New art prize for painting extraordinary faces by Linda Morris

The Sydney Morning Herald

29 January 2020

Sentimental journey by Steve Meacham

The Sydney Morning Herald

14 October 2019

Art: Wendy Sharpe

The Sydney Morning Herald, The Good Weekend

24 August 2018

Drawn free by Sarah Price

The Saturday Paper

12 May 2018

Artist Wendy Sharpe by Sarah Price

The Saturday Paper

12 May 2018

Clayton Utz Partnership opens by Ryan Stuart

Australian Financial Review

19 September 2017

Salon des Refusés 2017 by John McDonald

Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald / johnmcdonald.com

August 2017

Sharpe eye on acrobats by Elizabeth Fortescue

The Daily Telegraph

16 January 2016

See it, like it, take it home (but, please, bring it back) by Bronwyn Watson

The Piano has been drinking not me - MRAG Gallery publication

2016

Wendy Sharpe's powerful portraits of humanity by Stephanie Wood

The Sydney Morning Herald

23 January 2015

Seeking humanity - Wendy Sharpe

City Of Sydney publication

2015

Art Class: Wendy Sharpe

Marie Clare Magazine pg. 7

2015

Wendy Sharpe's powerful portraits of humanity by Stephanie Wood

The Sydney Morning Herald

23 January 2015

Our critic's guide to the week: Wendy Sharpe - John McDonald

Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald

September 2014

Article by Wendy Sharpe

Portrait magazine, spring/summer issue

2013

About face by Elizabeth Fortescue

The Daily Telegraph

30 March 2013

At home with Wendy Sharpe by Andrew Taylor

The Sydney Morning Herald

7 September 2012

24 Hours: The Arts Diary

The Sydney Morning Herald

11 October 2012

Her white period: Sharpe paints in aid of Mawson's hut by Adam Fulton

The Sydney Morning Herald, Arts

February 2012

Award winning artist Wendy Sharpe joins conservation project

Mawson's Hut Foundation - Conserving Australia's Antarctic heritage

11 May 2012

Wendy Sharpe paintings in great demand

Mawson's Hut Foundation - Conserving Australia's Antarctic heritage

6 September 2012

IN (TWO) ART: 60 Artists, 30 artist couples

National trust of Australia (NSW) publication

2012

Wendy Sharpe by Robert Buratti

Artist Profile Magazine, Issue 20

2012

Stripped bare for a rare look back essay by Steve Meacham

S.H. Ervin Publication

23 February 2011

Australia Day 2011

The Sydney Morning Herald

2011

Artists get their heads around animal instincts

The Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend Edition

February 2011

Vivid celebration of life by Elisabeth Fortescue

The Daily Telegraph

February 2011

Undercover by Susan Wyndham - In the frame

Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald

November 2011

Sad slide in prize swamp by Sasha Grishin

Canberra Times

7 May 2011

Sensuous compulsion by Christopher Allen

The Sydney Morning Herald

2011

Lands end Christopher Allen

The Weekend Australian pg. 8-9

2009

Studio Australia: mirror image

Orient Express Magazine

2008

Sharpe feature in The Good Weekend

The Good Weekend

June 2007

A tasty treat for the senses by John McDonald

The Sydney Morning Herald

2007

Profile: Wendy Sharpe by Lucinda Schmidt

The Sydney Morning Herald

20 September 2006

Review: Sitting Targets by Sebastian Smee

The Weekend Australian

2005

Arty laugh by Elizabeth Fortescue

Sydney LIVE - The Daily Telegraph

April 2005

Sharpe: FACE

The Weekend Australian

2004

Street spirit by Elizabeth Fortescue

The Daily Telegraph

2004

VISUAL ARTS feature

The Sydney Morning Herald

April 2004

Wendy Sharpe feature

The Sydney Morning Herald

4 April 2004

Photographer paints portraits of the artists by Lauren Martin

The Sydney Morning Herald

4 December 2004

Artists of the 21st Millennium

The Australian Art Market Report Issue 11

Autumn 2004

Enter at your own risk: Archibald Review

Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald pg4-5

March 2004

Two to tango by Peter Hill

The Sydney Morning Herald

2004

Work from a woman's perspective by Rosalie Higson

The Weekend Australian pg. 16

September 2003

A thousand words

Australian War Memorial - We're Australian Magazine

August 2003

Always buy the works you love by Michael Reid

The Weekend Australian

February 2003

Creative Thoughts by Peter Hill

The Sydney Morning Herald

2003

Wendy Sharpe and Janna Ferris interviewed by Lucy Butenshaw

Pottery in Australia Magazine pg. 23-5

2003

Ms Contrary by Debra Aldred

Courier Mail Melbourne

2002

Wendy Sharpe

Art on Steel

May 2002

Wendy Sharpe: Images of War

The Australian Women's Weekly

March 2000

Sharpe images of battle

The Sun Herald

2000

Into the breach with paintbrush by

The Weekend Australian pg. 15-6

2000

Sharpe focus on East Timor

The Sydney Morning Herald

2000

Between the lines by Sebastian Smee

Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald

2000

10 things to do - the Weekender

The Sydney Morning Herald

July 1999

Australia's mermaid by A. Kellerman

Look Magazine AGNSW

1999

Artful Women by Elizabeth Fortescue

The Daily Telegraph

30 August 1997

Solemn search for the soul by E. Lynn

The Weekend Review

26 November 1994