Sharnae Beardsley

Sharnaé Beardsley is a Christchurch-based artist. Currently, her work repurposes the venerable genre of flower painting for a contemporary context. In 2011 she received an Advanced Diploma of Fine Art from the Design & Arts College, Christchurch and in 2012 graduated from the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Beardsley has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand, in 2019 she had her first solo show Orchidelirium at The National in Christchurch, and is currently featured in a touring exhibition titled Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy produced by the Embassy of Sweden and Solander Gallery, Wellington. Other highlights including winning the viewers choice for the Art Gold Award Otago in 2013 and being a finalist in the Molly Morpeth 3D Art Award in 2014. Beardsley was selected as a participating artist in the 2014 Rubble Artist editions and in 2017 and 2020 a finalist in the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award. In 2016 Felicity Milburn, Curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū wrote an essay on her art and practice in Takahē Magazine titled: The Secret Life of Plants. Beardsley has work in significant private collections both in New Zealand and overseas and in the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū collection.