(Australia 1960 – )
153.0 x 102.0 cm sheet; 171.0 x 119.5 x 3.5 cm frame
Wendy Sharpe's imagery is deliberately evocative and open to interpretation, suggestive - but not prescriptive - of narrative, and characteristically expressive and ebullient. This drawing relates to a series of works shown at Philip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane in August 2007, in an exhibition titled 'Stories from the studio' (31 July – 25 August 2007). Sharpe made a gouache study and oil painting of the same subject: the artist in her studio surrounded by enigmatic figures.
The quality and confidence of Sharpe's draughtsmanship is clearly evident in this particular drawing. In charcoal, pastel and ink it is less dependent upon the painterly use of gouache which has marked her work in previous years and therefore as a drawing, is the stronger for it. A drama of black and orange, centered upon the generous proportions of the female figure, 'Red dress' is one of Sharpe’s impressive recent drawings.
Helen Campbell, Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, ‘Other works acquired from the Dobell Prize for Drawing’ compiled, pg. 62-72, Sydney, 2012, 5 (colour illus., detail), 71 (colour illus.), 78.
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'A fine harvest of drawings: legacy of an exceptional draughtsman', pg. 28-31, Newtown, Nov 2011, 31.
Dobell Prize for Drawing 2007, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Aug 2007–04 Nov 2007
Wendy Sharpe: The Imagined Life, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 26 Feb 2011–10 Apr 2011
Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 Years of the Dobell Drawing Prize: