Wendy Sharpe: Study For The Witching Hour

Wendy Sharpe with Study for The Witching Hour

Silent Auction on Saturday 4 November

Study for ‘The Witching Hour’: Portrait of Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017
Pastel and gouache on canvas

This painting is one of a number of studies carried out by the artist in preparation for the larger portrait of renowned Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin titled The Witching Hour, which was submitted for the 2017 Archibald Prize.

The Witching Hour is currently on display as part of Salon des Refusés 2017 at the S.H Ervin Gallery until 15 October, and will be displayed on the City Recital Hall stage in the upcoming celebratory performance Elena Kats-Chernin’s Birthday Bash on Saturday 4 November.

Artist: Wendy Sharpe

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists. She has been awarded The Sulman Prize, two Travelling Scholarships, The Portia Geach Memorial Award (twice), The Archibald Prize, and many others. Sharpe has been a finalist in The Sulman Prize twelve times, and The Archibald Prize six times. She has held over 52 solo exhibitions around Australia and internationally.

Subject: Elena Kats-Chernin

Elena’s music, performed by the nation’s top ensembles and orchestras, has delighted audiences for years. Her compositions cross genres; from intimate pieces for piano and chamber ensembles to ballet, opera and more. Her music reaches into our lives on film, TV and radio from Eliza Aria to The Divorce and the Sydney Olympic Games. She is a recipient of many prestigious prizes for her music including from the Helpmann, Limelight, Sounds Australian, Sydney Theatre and Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards.

Saturday 4 November 7.30pm: Elena Kats-Chernin’s Birthday Bash

City Recital Hall has joined forces with Elena for a very special concert in celebration of her birthday. The night will feature a spectacular line-up of celebrities, musicians and singers and showcase the wide and exhilarating appeal of Kats-Chernin’s music. Tickets available online and from the box office.

Would you like this painting?

City Recital Hall invites you to take part in our silent auction for this original study, painted in preparation for a portrait of Elena Kats-Chernin and generously donated by Wendy Sharpe in support of City Recital Hall.

The auction will close at 7:45pm on Saturday 4 November. The name of the winning bidder will be displayed on-screen in the City Recital Hall foyer, unless anonymity is requested. The winning bidder will be informed by email and text message.

Please view the bid sheet online or available in our foyer, or ask a member of our team for further information.


City Recital Hall would like to thank Wendy Sharpe for her kind donation and Australian Natural Timber Framing for their support.