Wendy Sharpe is an Australian artist who lives and works in Sydney and Paris. She is the winner of numerous awards including the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Prize and The Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize. She was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial as an official Australian War Artist in East Timor in 1999-2000 (the First woman since World War II).
The Rotary Art Spectacular will showcase two oil on canvas artworks by Sharpe titled “Red Turban” and “Lilkoi Kaos- Circus Oz”.
Tsering Hannaford was born in 1987 and grew up on her family property in Riverton, South Australia. She is the daughter of Archibald Prize Finalist, Robert Hannaford and began her own career in 2012 after completing a BA in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Art History at the University of Adelaide. Tsering is a realist oil painter who paints from life and engages with her subjects.
At only 28 years of age, Tsering has already received a considerable amount of recognition for her work including: 2015 Archibald Prize (Finalist), 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award (Finalist – Highly Commended), and 2013 Helpmann Academy Emerging Artist Award (Winner).
Rotary Art Spectacular will showcase Hannaford’s self-portrait “Objet démodé”, which is influenced by Hannaford’s self-reflection of the objectification of women to adhere to social standards.
Kirsty Neilson (born 1987 in Sydney) is known for her fine detailed portrait work, stunning landscapes and figurative subject matter. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting at National Art School, she has been successful in prestigious Australian art prizes including the Archibald Prize (2016 Finalist), Portia Geach Memorial Award (2013 Finalist), and Mosman Art Prize (2014 and 2013 Winner).
Neilson is a member of Portrait Artists Australia and paints on a full-time basis with ongoing portrait and landscape commission work from a wide range of clientele. Her use of vibrant colours, high contrast style and fine detail is the hallmark of her paintings and gives the viewer an intimate and personal experience when up close.
Rotary Art Spectacular will showcase Neilson’s oil portrait of Australian concert pianist, David Helfgott, titled “Inside the Mind of David Helfgott”.
Tom Macbeth is a self-taught Australian artist working in oils. He focuses on photorealistic portraits and has been a finalist in both the prestigious Archibald Prize and it’s associated Salon Des Refuses as well as the Black Swan Prize.
Following a death in the family, Macbeth didn’t return to his easel for another seven years. Then in 2010, at the age of 49, he picked up a paintbrush for the first time and entered his first oil painting into the Archibald Prize.
Rotary Art Spectacular will showcase Macbeth’s oil portrait of Syd Kirkby, the famous Antarctic Explorer.