Images courtesy of the artists. Eucalyptus 1, 2 and 4.
Monoprint on oil sketch paper
I’m not interested in a literal translation but a poetic moment that speaks of things in nature.
I am interested in the conversation between Western and Indigenous landscape painting.
(Peter Sharp, 2014)
Born in Sydney in 1964, Sharp completed a Bachelor of Art Education at City Art Institute, Sydney in 1987 before graduating with a Masters of Fine Art at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts in 1992. From 1989-1999, Sharp held regular solo exhibitions at Coventry Gallery, Sydney.
In 1996, Sharp's work was acquired by Grafton Regional Gallery as part of the Jacaranda Drawing Prize and in the following year was granted a residency at the Cite’ des Arts Internationale, Paris, where he collaborated with French printmakers to make a series of lithographs and etchings. In 1999, he was invited to exhibit at Kunstraum 34 in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2001, Sharp participated in the award winning television documentary Two-Thirds Sky, which culminated in an exhibition of the same title held at the Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre.
His paintings have been exhibited in the Wynne Prize (1996, 2003), the Sulman Prize (1998, 2008) and the Dobell Prize for Drawing (2009, 2010) at the Art Gallery of
New South Wales.
Sharp has exhibited widely in group exhibitions including: Not the Way Home, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The National Trust, NERAM, Broken Hill City Art Gallery (2012), Personal Space: Contemporary Chinese and Australian Prints, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney (2011), Artist Artists, Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria (2011), Silk and Sand: Chinese and Australian Prints, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales, Sydney; The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (2008).
In 2012, Sharp held his first survey at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre titled Peter Sharp: Will to Form, curated by Liz Nowell and featured works from over a 15-year period. This survey also culminated in the publication Peter Sharp: Will to Form, a 120 page fully illustrated hardback catalogue, which includes essays by Andrew Frost and Gillian Serisier. In December 2014 Sharp was part of the first Dobell Drawing Biennale at the AGNSW that explored how artists use drawing as a way of understanding the Australian Landscape.
Sharp’s work is held in many significant public and private collections including the National Gallery
of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Holmes a Court Collection, Artbank,
The Macquarie Group Collection, New England Regional Art Museum, St Vincent's Hospital, Sports & Entertainment LTD and private collections in Australia and overseas.
Peter Sharp’s research over 25 years has consistently been about the exploration and visual understanding of how nature works and fits together through a lens of abstraction. His art covers a wide range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and video.
Sharp currently teaches at UNSW Art & Design where he is a Senior lecturer involved in painting
Brenda Tye received a BCA honors majoring in printmaking from The University of Wollongong.
She is a practicing artist who exhibits regularly in a range of media. She worked as the Printmaking technician at COFA for many years before setting up her own studio in South Coogee. To support and extend her own art practice, she includes custom printing services for artists, and private and group tuition. She teaches printmaking at the National Art School and conducts fortnightly workshops through the AGNSW member’s society. Her own art practice is influenced by her study of classical ballet and how it has changed the way she experiences her world.
She is a finalist in this year’s Waverley Art prize.