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Sara Willett

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Degree: Fine Art
University: Camberwell College of Art
Graduation Year: 2002

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Willett’s paintings are visually mesmerizing, tonal paintings that emerge from what seems like an endearing and hopeful obsessive compulsion – a visual ambiguity is manifest. The finished effect is like watching continually moving shoals of fish or swarming insects. Sara Willett’s paintings are held in collections in the UK and throughout the world, and her work has been featured in A-N magazine. 

Artist Statement

My recent paintings follow an evolving methodology. I create detailed, multi-layered, fragmented surfaces through which I aim to investigate perception and illusion. The triangular or circular forms that swarm across the surface evolve gradually over time. The process consists of both systematic repetition and reflective experience and the results are never entirely predictable or envisaged. The nets or webs also act as a form of diagram to the paintings, their flow often working in opposition to the rhythms of the underlying layers to create visual tensions and dynamic movement. The results play with the stability of the viewing experience, sometimes reversing the negative spaces and disrupting the saturated colour field, confusing the eye and tricking the brain.

There is a desire through the labour intensity of the work for the monumental and prosaic to co-exist and for the results to act as a record of the temporal activity, tracing its rhythms and movements. The work also explores the pictorial surface and space as a platform for metamorphosis, transformation and evolution. The paintings often have a playful element, hovering between abstract and representational, elevating the mundane to an absurdly heightened status. The imagery is sourced from a diverse variety of influences including fabrics, mosaics, Chinese landscape painting, Flemish primitive painting, micro/macro biological, sci-fi and pseudo science, as well as referencing traditional domestic and quotidian crafts. I am also interested in the potential of the decorative itself to act as a disruptive or unsettling force. Although painting is the locus of my practice, I also work in a variety of mediums, including photography, printmaking and large scale installations, which immerse the viewer in sensory environments. An interactive dialogue between the installations and paintings often develop, with one informing and advancing the other.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2015, Spectre, Curious Projects Space, Eastbourne
2013, China Web, Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenshen, China
2013, Shape Shift, Cinnamon Kitchen, London
2012, Kunstformen der Poundland ii, Deptford X
2011, Ligeia Deptford X, main programme, London
2010, Psychidea, Tinpitch Art at Ganapati, London
2010, Arabesque, Arthouse Gallery, London
2008, One Fine Day, Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London (joint)
2007, Excavaton, The Flea Pit Gallery, London
2005, Recent Work, The Shed Gallery, Norwich 

Group Exhibitions

2015, Silent Movie, Q Park, Cavendish Square, London
2015, Gordon Ramsay's Summer Exhibition, The London House, London
2015, Creekside Open 2015 (Richard Deacon selection) APT Gallery London
2015, Hopscotch, Arthouse Gallery - London
2015, Fenglin Shanshui International, Shenshen, China
2014, One Square Mile of Sky - with Foreign Investment -Hong Kong
2014, Jamworks, The Jam FactoryLondon
2014, 8 Studios From Here - Deptford X festival, London
2013, 8 Minutes From Here, Royal Festival Hall, London2010, Down to Earth, Arthouse Gallery, London
2011, Kunstformen der Poundland – MA Degree Show, Camberwell College of Art
2011, The Gasworks Project, Gasworks Gallery, London
2011, Saturation, Arthouse Gallery, London
2011, Jamworks, The Jam Factory, London
2010, Big Society, Space Station 65, London
2010, Bedizzened, APT Gallery, London (also joint curator),
2010, South London Women Artists, Bankside Gallery, London
2010, Near Dark, Camberwell College of Art, London
2010, Be Careful What You Wish For, Space Station 65, London
2010, Objects of Love, The Arthouse Gallery, London
2010, Art Bin, The South London Gallery, London
2009, New Blood Artists, New Blood Art, London,
2008, Friends Exhibition, Dulwich Art Gallery, London
2008, Mark of Action, The Arthouse Gallery, London
2007, Sugar in Mi Tea, Arthouse Gallery, London
2007, Jamworks, The Jam Factory, London
2006, 20/20, Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London
2005, Beadale Street, Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London
2004, Circle’s Edge, The Greenspace Gallery, London (joint)
2004, The Shed Show, Shed Gallery, Norwich 2004
2003, Sounds of the Suburbs, Woodlands Gallery, London
2003, First Wave, Kingly Court Gallery, London
2003, Photocall, The Centenary Gallery, London
2003, Art London, Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London
2002, The Next Big Thing, The Gallery in Cork Street, London
2002, Future Map, The London Institute Gallery, London 2001, C6, House Gallery, London

Original works:

Beijing Mountain Dusk

By Sara Willett

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Mood Indigo

By Sara Willett

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Beijing Mountain Glow

By Sara Willett

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Everyday Sublime - Purple Madd...

By Sara Willett

£1500

Not Quite Light - Everyday Sub...

By Sara Willett

£1400

Everyday Sublime

By Sara Willett

£1400

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Gauged V

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Red Gauge II

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Yellow River Rising

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Imagine

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Gauged IV

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Close My Eyes

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Interruption

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Shadoweb I

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Webeye

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Chinaweb 1

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China Web VI

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