Wendy Sharpe – A5 Catalogue

We did these lovely little booklets for Wendy Sharpe’s upcoming show at the King St Gallery. Wendy Sharpe is a pretty big deal in the art world.

We remember when she won the Archibald Prize in 1996.

Wendy Sharpe

Sharpe’s art is full of colour and bold brush strokes, and even bolder breasts. Her latest series showing in this exhibition features portraits of burlesque

We didn’t know much about art back then, but we remember thinking the painting spread across the cover of the Good Weekend looked pretty cool.

Sharpe’s art is full of colour and bold brush strokes, and even bolder breasts. Her latest series showing in this exhibition features portraits of burlesque, and as we all know, burlesque equals a lot of boobies.

Our favourite work that appears on her online selection of work is one entitled Artist with men and cake. On top of the very self-evident naming of the work, we can tell you that there is a cherry-topped cupcake, bed socks, and a whole lot of nudity.

Wendy Sharpe
As one of Australia’s most prominent female artists, Wendy has some stuff that we could only dream of, and other things that we’re pretty happy to leave to someone else.

In 2012 she was taken to Antartica by the Aurora Australis, to paint some beautiful paintings. She was able to experience something only like 14 other people have before and probably will ever experience (we just can’t see Antartica becoming a tourist hot spot in the near future), and all she had to do when she got there was paint!

We do know that painting is hard, self-flagellating work at times, and as creatives we would never want to demean this process. But if the other option is braving the freezing temperatures and hordes of cute penguins to measure the levels of some recalcitrant and damning blocks of ice, we sure do know what we what we would prefer to do all day if we were in Antartica.

Sharpe was also appointed the official Australian Artist, a position that is awarded by the Australian government to a different Australian Artist each year.

Wendy Sharpe
She was attached to the Australian Army History Unit in Dili, East Timor, during a time when Australian forces and many other international units were deployed a peacekeeping forces in East Timor.

We think it’s important for wars to be documented so that what happens to the people caught up doesn’t go unseen, but we’re happy for that duty to fall to greater and more talented artists than us.

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Radi Safi

by Radi Safi

Radi Safi is the Creative Director at IYBI. In 2012 he launched Happy, a music blog and media company.
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