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Hard Angles and Contrast: Art by Bill Sharp

A loose painting of a bridge in OregonBroadway Bridge, oil on panel

Oregon-based painter and printmaker Bill Sharp works in a blocky, crisp style, creating landscapes and paintings of architectural subjects that capture hard angles and contrast between light and shadow. Bill’s artistic practice is influenced by the artist’s own change in perspective following his wife’s death, and the artist seeks to capture the significance, whether real or imagined, in everyday scenes.

A painting of a hiking trail near a creekCatherine Creek Hike, oil on panel


I really enjoy they way that Bill is able to switch between a diverse range of subjects quite effortlessly in his portfolio. When I’m looking at a landscape painting, Bill’s style seems perfectly suited to capturing the levels and imperfections of a lakeside field or a stand of trees. The same, however, seems true of his urban landscapes and paintings of buildings and city streets – here Bill seems to understand exactly how to capture the geometric, yet rough edges of worn sidewalks and windows.

The front page of Bill Sharp's painting websiteBill's portfolio website,


The method that Bill uses to lay down his paint may vary, but it often appears as though the artist uses a palette knife – the blocky forms that are prevalent in Bill’s works are similar to those seen in paintings by Jeanie Gebhart, for example.

A painting of a street corner in Buenos AiresBuenos Aires Corner, oil

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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