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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.

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Upcoming 
2018 Crossings, Southwell Minster, Nottingham 
2018 Animus, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey Nov - 
2018 RHA, Dublin - SO Fine Art Collections 

2017 Shortlisted Threadneedle Art Prize
2017 Anima Mundi, Thiene - June
2017 Curated group show - to be announced May
2017 Curated group show, 'Ceremony' - No. 20 Arts, Islington, London
2017 Shortlisted artist - Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize
2017 Shortlisted Royal Academy Summer Show, London
2016 Winners show, National Open Art, Pallant House, Chichester
2016 National Open art Competition Mercers Hall, London
2016 'Anglomania' One of four solo shows with Dadaprojects, Thiene, Italy
2016 Chroma, Group show, Brighton April
2016 The Other Art Fair with National Open Art, London
2015 Dada Projects - Dada 8 Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton
2015 Pre - Selected Threadneedle Art Prize
2015 Lacey Contemporary Inaugural Show, Holland Park, London
2015 National Open Art Competition, Royal College of Art
2015 Harrogate International Art Expo with NOA Sept
2015 Art Gemini Prize, Menier Gallery, London Aug
2015 'Heads' Curated group show Studio One Gallery, London Aug
2015 'Connect2Colour' Summer arts prize, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London June
2015 'Shift' Solo show at Ink-d Gallery, Brighton March
2015 AAF Battersea with Bo-Lee Gallery Feb
2015 'Wanderlust', Lacey Contemporary, London Jan
2015 London Art Fair with Ink-d Gallery Dec - Jan
2014 Artist in residence National Open, Minerva theatre, Chichester (followed by national tour)
2014 National Open Art, Somerset House, London, Minerva Theatre, Chichester
2014 Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2014 Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
2014 ‘Parallels’ Solo show, Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton
2014 ‘East Sussex Open’, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
2014 ‘Cork Street Open’, London 
2014 Pushing Paint’, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton
2014 ‘Parallels’, Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton
2014 ‘Passages’, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2014 Art Gemini Prize, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2013 Royal Institute of Oil Painters Open, Mall Galleries, London
2013 National Open Art Competition Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Royal College of Art, London
2013 Zeitgeist Open
2013 Zeitgeist Art Projects, London
2013 ’32 Painters’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2012 The Group, Winter Collection, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
2012 Aesthetica Art Prize Oct ’12 Group show, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton
2012 Fine art auction and exhibition: Tooveys, Sussex in association with Horsham museum
2011 Farm Road Collective, Brighton
2010 National Open Art Competition, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Original works:

Looking Back

By Sarah Shaw

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