Contemporary Australian figurative painter, Wendy Sharpe is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and travelling scholarships including the Sulman Prize (1996), the Archibald Portrait Prize (1996), and the Portia Geach Memorial Prize (1995 & 2003). In 1998, Wendy was commissioned by the City of Sydney to paint a series of eight murals, on the life of swimmer Annette Kellerman, for the Cook and Philip Park Aquatic Centre in Sydney. In 1999, she was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as an Official War Artist to East Timor (the first female artist to receive such a commission since the Second World War).
Wendy Sharpe has held over 45 solo exhibitions in Australia and internationally, both in commercial galleries and public institutions. A major retrospective of her work was organised in 2012 by S. H. Ervin Gallery, The National Trust, Sydney. She is currently represented by King St Gallery on William (Sydney), Philip Bacon Galleries (Brisbane), Penny Contemporary (Hobart), Ecosse (Exeter), Linton & Kay (Perth), Michael Reid Gallery (Berlin) and Gallery 12 (New Zealand).
Wendy chats to NAVA about what art means to her, working against the tide of fashion, and juggling the demands of living as a practicing artist.