A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, 2000
Radiating a latent violence, Tara Sharpe’s work complicates perceptions of beauty and myth. Layered and saturated colors combine with extraordinary interpretations of shape and scale to form a simultaneously empowering and erotic experience. Influenced by erotica, burlesque and depictions of feminine beauty, it's understandable how Tara Sharpe's work is often described as being from another time and place while the paintings share secrets with the viewer.
Tara Sharpe was born in West Palm Beach, Florida where she graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Receiving a full scholarship for a Fine Art Residency Program at SVA confirmed her dream of moving to New York after graduation. After living in New York City for over a decade, Sharpe relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. In her personal work she is most influenced by Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Belle Epoque and Secessionism.
Sharpe's work has been seen in galleries and exhibitions in Arizona, Florida, Michigan and New York. Private Collections include Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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