Raelene Sharp - The Boathouse Gallery for Fine Art

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Raelene Sharp
- portrait artist

Raelene uses oil, pastel & watercolour with equal proficiency. She draws different qualities from each medium and her subject matter is diverse. She specializes in portraiture and figurative works but is by no means limited to these subjects. Similar aptitude is displayed in all her chosen subjects. Her use of light is one of the most compelling qualities of her work.  

Raelene trys to use light as a tool not only for effect, but also as a significant addition to the piece, leading the viewer through the painting toward the focal point. Rembrandt, Vermeer and Streeton who consistently used light to help tell their magnificent stories have inspired her. She feels light should not just illuminate a scene it should be a dynamic part of the drama. Raelene has painted many successful paintings following this approach and when painting portraiture and figurative works uses this method to its best advantage to achieve a most satisfactory result.

Raelene has
received her share of prizes over the years that include:

•WINNER 2006
•Winner Australian Art Excellence Medallion Award 2003
•Finalist in A.M.E. Bale Travel Grant 2003
•Finalist in Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2012
•Recipient of the Victorian Artists' Society Norman Kaye Medal 2005
•Included in Joint Exhibition of 30 artists chosen by the Portrait Artist Australia for Washington DC Exhibition 2005
•Included in Salon International 2006 & 2012 Texas USA
•Finalist Mortimore Prize 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010(Portrait)
•Winner Kevin Taylor Award 2006
•Finalist in Hidden Faces of the Archibald Exhibition 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010
•Member of Fusion6 “About Face” Touring Portrait Exhibition 2007 – 2010
•Fusion6/Melbourne Citymission -  Detour Exhibition 2011
•Finalist in James Farrell Self Portrait Award – Castlemaine Art Gallery 2007
•Finalist Black Swan Prize for Portraiture – Perth Western Australia – 2008, 2009 & 2010

Portrait Commissions include:
Michael Robertson AO by Scotch College Melbourne
Professor Fred Mendelsohn by The Florey Neuroscience Institute Melbourne University
Deborah Siefert by the Melbourne University College Melbourne University
Professor Ruth Bishop AO by Melbourne University, Ann Charlesworth by Westbourne Grammar School, David Crawford AO by Scotch College Melbourne
Various private and corporate portrait commissions.

Archibald Entries:
2006 Jennifer Kyete (Channel Seven Newsreader), 2007 Iain Hewitson, (Celebrity Cook),
2008 Mark Mitchell (Entertainer) 2009 Ben Mendelsohn (Actor).
2010 Wirginia Maixner & Alison Wray (Neurosurgeons Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) Separated Krishner & Trishner co-joined twins. 2012 John Wood (Actor)
2013 Raelene Boyle (Olympic Athlete)

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