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Title

Red dress

2007


Artist

Wendy Sharpe

Australia

1960 -


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

2007


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

black ink and brush, white gouache, watercolour, charcoal, pastel on white paper


Dimensions

153.0 x 102.0 cm sheet; 171.0 x 119.5 x 3.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, pencil "W Sharpe". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

316.2007


Dobell Prize for Drawing (discontinued)

- 2007


Artist information

Wendy Sharpe

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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, Sydney, Nov 2011, 31.