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Red dress



Wendy Sharpe


1960 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    black ink and brush, white gouache, watercolour, charcoal, pastel on white paper
    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.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund 2007
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Wendy Sharpe

    Reproduction requests

    Dobell Prize for Drawing
    - 2007
    Artist information
    Wendy Sharpe

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

    This work was a finalist in the 2007 Dobell Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 2007.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Wendy Sharpe

See all 9 works