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The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017 Wendy Sharpe
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017 Wendy Sharpe. © Wendy Sharpe

The Gallery thanks you for your donations towards the acquisition of this large, vibrant portrait of Elena Kats-Chernin by Wendy Sharpe.

We would be grateful for any support you may like to provide toward the acquisition of future works.

Elena Kats-Chernin AO is an eminent contemporary Australian pianist and composer. Among her many commissions are pieces for Opera Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Australian World Orchestra; the Adelaide, Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras; the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; and a myriad of international orchestras. The Witching Hour refers to a concerto composed by Kats-Chernin in 2016.

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists and, although she does not refer to herself as a portrait artist, she has a great interest in painting people. She is a committed creator with a sumptuous, distinctive style. We are excited about the acquisition of The Witching Hour, because not only is it a wonderful portrait but it is also the first Wendy Sharpe work in our permanent collection.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.