Sharp, Raelene


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 but is by no means limited to this subject. Similar aptitude is displayed in all her chosen subjects. Her use of light is one of the most compelling qualities of her work. Her paintings are in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.



Raelene is a Winner and finalist in numerous competitions around the country and overseas and also features in several publications here in Australia and overseas.

2012  – Archibald Prize Packer’s Prize for her portrait of actor John Wood,
2006  – Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize with a self portrait titled ‘A Woman’s Lot’,
2006 – Selected for the Salon International Texas USA
2006 – Recipient of the Victorian Artists’ Society Norman Kaye Medal
2003 – Winner Australian Art Excellence Medallion,


Raelene Sharp at PAA opening in Melbourne 2011

Raelene Sharp at PAA opening in Melbourne, VAS Galleries,  2011


2014 – Archibald Salon de Refuses.
2014 – Selected for  a group exhibition of 23 artists chosen by the Portrait Artists Australia for the International Exhibition, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC.
2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014   Finalist  – Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize
2007, 2008, 2009 – Finalist Mortimore Prize (Portrait)
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 – Finalist Hidden Faces of the Archibald Exhibition
2008, 2009, 2010 –  Finalist Black Swan National Portrait Prize
2005 – Selected for  a group exhibition of 30 artists chosen by the Portrait Artists Australia for the Macquarie Exhibition, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC




Raelene Sharp- 2014

Raelene Sharp- PAA exhibition in Melbourne, VAS Galleries, 2014


One Response to Sharp, Raelene

  1. Hi, I am attending a world wide Shiels/Shields reunion in Ireland beginning of July 2016. There is a huge presentation being delivered (dates, pictures, facts etc) I believe the icing on the cake would be to present a portrait of our convict ancestor, Murtagh Shiel 1760-1835. Unfortunately I only have black and white photos of his son, grandson and ggrandson on the Shields side. I also have Murtagh’s ggrandson on the Shiels side. I don’t know if you do commissions or if it is way out of my range or even if you are able to combine all photos using artistic licence, into one person. I would love this to happen. So this is the first step. Look forward to your reply. Denise

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