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Sarah Shaw

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Degree: BA Hons (1st)
University: Falmouth (Fine Art)
Graduation Year: 1999

Artist Statement

I feel that I am in a constant state of redefining my process and aims as a painter. At the heart of my work there is a fascination with the endless possibilities within paint, how to transform a two dimensional space into something with narrative or the possibility to transport the viewer – but the most important part of painting for myself is to get caught up in the process and allow a conversation to happen between myself and the painting. The most successful paintings always retain some sense of this dialogue, the often long painterly journey that has meandered its way through endless emotions. The work often hovers in a place between figuration and abstraction which allows the viewer the space to impose their own interpretation. I’m fascinated by the notion of trying to represent time; past, present and future, and also ‘periphery’ - that part of our vision which gives us the sense of our surroundings, but to which we tend to not pay attention. Some of the works imagery is determined through the making process whilst other work explores specific metaphorical or symbolic images/barriers/passages to explore ideas around time passing, but also very human emotions; frustrations, hopes and desires. During the process of painting there is a building up and stripping down of imagery, and an exploration of different painterly languages, eventually being reduced down to the lowest denominator where an edgy quietness falls. They are not whole images, but snatches of images, sounds and thoughts, forming into coherence briefly, like a painterly slideshow of memory. Ultimately the paintings speak of a belief in the enduring vitality of painting as a primary form of visceral and visual communication.

Solo Exhibitions

2019, I've got something against you, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton
2018, 14 Paintings, Commission - 2018 - 2019, St Davids, Pembrokeshire
2018, Animus, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
2016, Anglomania, Villa Fabris, Thiene, Italy
2015, Shift, Ink-d Gallery, Brighton
2014, Parallels, Naked Eye, Brighton
2014, Passages, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
2013, Sarah Shaw - New Paintings, Artist Residence, Brighton

Group Exhibitions

2019, RWA 167 th Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2019, Dear Christine, Vane, Newcastle. Elysium Gallery, Swansea. Arthouse, London, Newcastle, Swansea, London
2019, Aesthetica Art Prize, York gallery, York
2019, Disposition, Bermondsey Art Space, London
2018, Private View, LAE, London
2018, Star Wars, Dynamite Gallery, Brighton
2018, Modern Masters, Art Republic, Brighton
2018, Jacksons Art Prize, Cass Art, London
2018, 14 Paintings, St Davids, Pembrokeshire
2018, Crossings, Southwell Minster, Nottingham
2018, S O Fine Arts, RHA, Dublin
2017, Anima Mundi, Villa Fabris, Thiene, Italy
2017, Ceremony, No. 20 Arts, London
2016, Winners Show, Pallant House, Chichester
2016, NOA, Mercers Hall, London
2016, Chroma, Dynamite Gallery, Brighton
2016, National Open Art, Other Art Fair, London
2016, Heads, Studio One, London
2015, Inaugural Show, Lacey Contemporary, London
2015, Open Art Competition, National Open Art, Royal College of Art, London
2015, International Exposition, National Open art, Harrogate
2015, Art Gemini Prize, Menier Gallery, London
2015, Connect 2 Colour, Lacey Contemporary, London
2015, AAF, Bo - Lee Gallery, London
2015, Wanderlust, Lacey Contemporary, London
2015, AAF, Ink-d Gallery, London
2014, Group show, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
2014, Pushing Paint, Ink-d Gallery, Brighton
2013, 32 Painters, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2012, The Group, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
2011, Farm Road Collective, Farm Rd, Brighton

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2017, British Women Artists - winner
2016, University of Chichester Fine Art Award - National Open Art
2017, Shortlist: Threadneedle Art prize
2017, Shortlist Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize
2017, Shortlist: Royal Academy Summer Show
2016, Artist in residence - Minerva Theatre Chichester with NOA
2014, National Open Art Competition
2014, Threadneedle Prize, London
2014, East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery
2014, Cork Street Open, London
2014, Art Gemini Prize - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2013, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London
2013, National Open Art - Minerva Theatre
2013, Zeitgeist Art Prize, London
2012, Aesthetica Art Prize, York
2010, National Open Art, Chichester

Original works:

The Happening

By Sarah Shaw

£1450

Black Dog

By Sarah Shaw

£3850

Seachange

By Sarah Shaw

£1450

Seachange II

By Sarah Shaw

£1450

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Smoke Room

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Tap Room

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Bygones

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Middling Black

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