Sharon's in the record books

Sharon Davson with her work, On The Ark of Salvation.
Sharon Davson with her work, On The Ark of Salvation.

THE highest sales price for living artists within a country is predominantly a male domain. Sharon Davson, whose art has shown in the Duaringa Shire Art Gallery, is currently the only female in the world in this position, and she has been best known for her spiritual and environmental works.

Davson is originally from Gatton and has maintained strong ties with Queensland. Her art is held in numerous regional art galleries, and her major retrospective exhibition With Gratitude for the Light was shown in Duaringa Shire Art Gallery in 1999. On The Ark of Salvation was included in the exhibition.

The painting has been bought by a consortium of collectors, Epic Oz Art.

At $1.3 million, this is the first time in Australia a female artist has secured the prestigious sales position of the highest value for a painting by a living artist. Previously, John Olsen's Love In The Kitchen held the record at $1.09 million in 2006.

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