Sharyn Egan is a painter, weaver and sculptor.
As a member of the Stolen Generation who grew up in the New Norcia Mission School much of her artwork is a commentary on her life as a Nyoongar woman and the associated trauma, emotions and deep sense of loss and displacement experienced by Aboriginal people.
Never afraid of experimentation and exploration, she works in numerous media, including painting, sculpture, woven forms and site specific installations, often choosing materials, such as ochres, resins and grasses that connect to land, especially her home near the lake system in the southern suburbs of Perth.
Her woven works include traditionally styled contemporary forms and baskets, as well as larger scale sculptural forms.
Sharyn began her art career at the age of 37 when she enrolled in a Diploma of Fine Arts at the Claremont School of Art in Perth. She completed this course in 1998 and continued her education at Curtin University, first completing the Associate Degree in Contemporary Aboriginal Art in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts (Arts) in 2001. She has also been awarded a Certificate VI in Training and Education and has worked as an art lecturer, curator and art facilitator in schools, community groups and health organisations.
In recent years Sharyn has been awarded several prestigious and prominent public art commissions, at the new Perth Stadium, on Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square and the Scarborough Beach Redevelopment. She is a frequent exhibitor and invited artist at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and Cottesloe.
Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia
Lives & Works
Hamilton Hill, Perth, Western Australia
Acknowledgements & Funders
Collaborators: women representing the 14 identified groups of the Noongar Nation: Amangu, Juat, Whadjuk, Balardong, Njakinjaki, Pindjarup, Willman, Wardandi, Kaneang, Koreng, Wudjari, Njunga, Pibelman, Minang.
Supported by the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Fremantle Arts Centre
FAC is a multi-arts organisation based in a historic building complex in Fremantle, Western Australia.
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle