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Peter Sharp

Arty Act: Tonal drawing of a natural object

This is a simple video guide on how to use charcoal to construct a tonal drawing of an object.

You will need:

  • Natural object
  • Thick decaled watercolour paper
  • Soft compressed charcoal
  • White vinyl eraser

Get to know Peter Sharp

Peter Sharp has held solo exhibitions since 1989 in Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne and internationally in Germany. His work has been included in group exhibitions since 1987 throughout Australia and internationally in Paris, Chang Mai, Beijing and London. His work was acquired by the Kedumba Drawing Award in 2007 and the Grafton Regional Gallery's Jacaranda Drawing Award in 1996.

Sharp was a recipient of a Cite International des Arts Residence, Paris in 1997. A monograph Peter Sharp: ‘Will to Form’ was published in 2012. Sharp has been a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize (2020, 13, 08), the Hazelhurst Art of Paper Prize (2019, 15, 13, 11, 07, 05, 03), the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize (2018, 10, 06), the Dobell Prize (2010, 09), the Sulman Prize (2008, 98) and the Wynne Prize (2003, 96).

His work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank, regional and tertiary collections in Australia and significant corporate collections.

Sharp is a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales School of Art and Design and has a Master of Fine Arts (1992) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.

Peter Sharp’s research over 25 years has consistently been about the exploration and visual understanding of how nature works and fits together through the lens of abstraction.

His art covers a wide range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking.

Sharp is represented by Liverpool Street Gallery in Sydney and Nicholas Thompson Gallery in Melbourne.

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