Who is Wendy Sharpe?

By Gwylym Owen

Wendy Sharpe FRSN (born 1960 in Sydney) is an Australian performer who lives and works in Sydney and Paris. She is the lonesome child of British parents and has a Russian Jewish heritage. Her daddy is the writer and historian Alan Sharpe. She counts in the course of her influences paintings by Chaim Soutine and Max Beckmann. She is the winner of numerous major awards including the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Prize and The Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize. She was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial as an official Australian War Artist in East Timor in 1999-2000 (the first woman since World War II). Her assistant is artiste Bernard Ollis.

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