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Wendy Sharpe 'Woman in black coat, Flinders Ranges'



PHILIP BACON GALLERIES, Brisbane 5th - 30th March 2019

An exhibition of sixty works. 'France', features a double series of recent paintings in 'Paris Stories' and 'The Western Front'. The former consists of vignettes reflecting Sharpe's observations of living in Paris, as she does for part of every year, through fragments of stories that spark imagination and narrative in Parisian scenes. The latter series was inspired by a visit to the battle sites of the Western Front, WWI, in Northern France and Belgium. A former Official Australian War Artist, Sharpe is intrigued by how sites of trauma are commemorated.


Wendy Sharpe 'The Witching Hour' Portrait of Elena Kats Chernin



Posted: 15th December 2018

Wendy's painting 'The Witching Hour- Portrait of Elena Kats-Chernin' has been purchased by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra for their Collection.

"Elena Kats-Chernin is one of Australias most important composers and a close friend. So I am delighted to have this work in the National collection".



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Destination Sydney Opening



The National Trust’s S. H. Ervin Gallery until 17th March 2019

Artist Floor Talk 3pm, 10 March 2019 - all are welcome

Wendy is delighted to have been invited to take part in this the second exhibition in a series of collaborations between three Sydney metropolitan public galleries, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Mosman Art Gallery and the National Trust’s S. H. Ervin Gallery. It follows in the footsteps of the jointly presented and highly successful exhibition, Destination Sydney in 2015. Held over the summer of 2015-2016, Destination Sydney was unprecedented in its achievement and showcased artworks responding to the theme of Sydney as a destination for creative endeavours.

Destination Sydney: Re-imagined returns to the subject of Sydney as a source of inspiration for so many artists who have been drawn to its unrivalled landscapes. The exhibition will present the work of nine major Australian artists whose contributions have become synonymous with the landscape of Sydney.

Artists at S. H. Ervin Gallery are Wendy Sharpe, Nicholas Harding, and Jeffrey Smart.
Manly Art Gallery & Museum artists; Ethel Carrick Fox, Ken Done and Adrian Feint. .

Mosman artists include Roy de Maistre, Robert Klippel and Michael Johnson.


Western Front Graveyard with Fields 11x18cm gouache on stonehenge paper



King Street Gallery on William. Sydney NSW until 22 December 2018

This group exhibition includes some of Sharpe's paintings and works on paper resulting from her visit, research and sketches made at The Western Front.

Wendy has made aparticular study of Evelyn Chapman who in early 1919 accompanied her father (a member of the New Zealand War Graves Commission, to France) visiting the area near Villers-Bretonneux where many Australian and New Zealand soldiers had lost their lives. Struck by the destruction she witnessed in the villages and cities, Chapman set up her easel and began to paint the ruined buildings and landscape, annihilated by years of continued bombardment. There is a special resonance for Sharpe who 80 years later in 1999 was appointed Australian Official Artist attached to the Australian Army History Unit in East Timor. Wendy was the first woman appointed as Official Artist since World War II.


Wendy Sharpe inAlbain St Nazaire near Fromelles

SALIENT: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front

The exhibition ends on 31st March 2020 after touring the following locations:

  • New England Regional Art Museum (24 March – 3 June 2018)
  • Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (10 August – 7 October 2018)
  • Anzac Memorial, Sydney (22 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 2019 – 16 February 2020)

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.

Image from the exhibition Elsewhere

'Elsewhere' Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia

Griffith - 29 Sept - 4 Nov 2018 Griffith Regional Art Gallery

Dubbo - May/June 2019 Western Plains Cultural Centre

Port Macquarie - 26 July - 29 Sept 2019 The Glasshouse

Tamworth - 8 Feb - 22 Mar 2020 Tamworth Regional Art Gallery

'Elsewhere' is touring regional NSW. The next official opening ttakes place in Dubbo (date and time TBA). The exhibition also visits Port Macquarie in 2019 and Tamworth in 2020.

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Edward Said's book 'Orientalism', Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis critically reflect on travel and drawing as creative practices to help us witness and understand each other. Curated by Dr Sam Bowker with the support of Create NSW and Charles Sturt University.



Wendy Sharp painting from the roof of the State Library NSW Wendy Sharp 3m high light panels in State Library NSW Wendy Sharp artwork recording the transformation of State Library NSW

Sharpe records landmark

State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney.

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. The State Library which has not undergone any major work since 1964 is now undergoing an exciting $15 million transformation.
“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 has been drawing and painting – 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.


Celebrate the remarkable transformation of the Mitchell building and the opening of the new galleries and learning centre with a free Open Day on October 6th 2018. Sharpe has work in the amaze gallery and 3 huge 3 metre light box drawings.