Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded artists, who lives and works in Sydney and Paris.
She has won a long list of prizes, awards, scholarships and honours, these include winning The Archibald, The Sulman Prize, The Portia Geach Memorial Award (twice), The Adelaide Perry drawing Prize, The Calleen Art Prize and many others. Major commissions include a Olympic pool size Mural at Cook and Philip Park College St Sydney and a commission by the Australian War Memorial, as an Australian Official Artist (the first woman since WW2).
Major projects include working with the Asylum Seeker Centre Sydney, The State Library of NSW, The Australian Opera, Circus Oz, a commission from Art Centre Melbourne to draw the Australian Ballet, burlesque and drag performers. She has also been awarded many international residencies in places as diverse as Antarctica, Egypt, China and Mexico. Sharpe was artist in residence and worked with Hamlin Fistula Foundation in Ethiopia.
In 2020 she painted the major public mural “Women’s Empowerment” in Newtown nand a 40metre ephemeral mural at Sydney Jewish museum. In 2022 She was awarded the Gold Award , Rockhampton Museum of Art QLD
She has been a finalist in the Archibald 7 times and in the Sulman Prize 14 times (more than any other artist).
She has held over 60 solo exhibitions around Australia and internationally.