Ideas donâ€™t come like a flash of inspiration, they come out of other work, and one thing leads to another. Break throughs are a reward for immersing yourself in painting and thinking of little else. However, I still surprise myself, when I look at some of my completed paintings, although I can trace their origins and development, they take on a life of their own.
Some of these paintings are self-portraits and others what I call â€˜semi self-portraitsâ€™, I identify with the main character, who is both female and an artist. I am not interested in likeness but more about situation and psychological state.â€
Wendy Sharpe is acclaimed as one of Australiaâ€™s most significant and awarded artists. She has won the Archibald Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Prize (twice) and the Sulman prize (judged by Albert Tucker). She has received major commissions including Australian Official Artist to East Timor, the first woman painter since World War II.
Wendy is known for her strong figurative paintings, her use of narrative and the sensuous use of paint. She is the quintessential romantic painter, uncompromising, dedicated, and unconcerned by fad and fashion. Her work addresses universal human issues such as relationships and the human condition.
Excerpts from Philip Bacon catalogue.
Represented By: King Street Gallery, Sydney
Philip Bacon Galleries