Presented by Brisbane Portrait Prize, West Village and Metro Arts

Artist Talk | Portraiture, Prizes and Me. 

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded artists. In this lively, informative, illustrated talk, she will share her experience as a figurative painter with a career stretching back to the 1980s. Wendy will discuss her work as a finalist and winner in a long list of art prizes. She will also give a rare behind the scenes insight into her extensive experience as a judge of many art prizes. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions! 

Workshop | Art Materials: an introduction

Wendy Sharpe will give a practical talk about art materials and their qualities. She will discuss oil and acrylic paint techniques and will demonstrate the use of gouache, pastel and other drawing materials. Wendy will also bring some private sketchbooks to give an insight into how she designs paintings. It will be a great opportunity to learn and ask the questions you have always wanted the answers to!

Participants should bring a notebook. You won’t be painting but might like to make notes.


Artist Talk:
10am, 7 May

1pm, 7 May


Metro Arts, West End


Artist Talk $25 + booking fee
Workshop $50 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

Please note, these events are ticketed separately. You can purchase tickets to each event via the booking button above.


Approximately 120 minutes per session.


Wendy Sharpe
Wendy Sharpe is acclaimed as one of Australia’s most significant and awarded artists. She has won the Archibald Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Prize (twice) and the Sulman Prize (judged by Albert Tucker). She has received many major commissions which include Australian Official Artist to East Timor, the first woman to do so since World War II.

Wendy is known for her strong figurative paintings, her use of narrative and a sensuous use of paint. She is the quintessential romantic painter, uncompromising, dedicated and unconcerned by fad or fashion. Her work addresses timeless issues such as love, passion, human relationships and what it is like to live in the world, subjects rarely expressed today in contemporary art. Wendy Sharpe’s work is based on drawing and imagination, made from intuition and experience. Her obvious understanding of drawing, composition and paint itself mean that she is often described as the painter’s painter.

The Brisbane Portrait Prize
The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter. The sitter must also have a connection with Brisbane.

All 2022 entries are eligible for the $50,000 Lord Mayor’s Award which is supported by Brisbane City Council. A further $37,000 of category prizes is also available.

The Prize showcases the best in contemporary portraiture. It demonstrates that portraiture is a genre that still galvanises, intrigues and challenges the most accomplished of contemporary artists.



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