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Sarah Spackman: Specific beauty

14 November 2020 to 9 January 2021

Sarah Spackman: Specific beauty

Sarah Spackman's work is distinguished by a strength of drawing, together with a delicate and subtle use of colour. Sarah has become particularly well known for her still-life paintings. She works in a quiet considered way applying the principle that good drawing is the basis of good painting. Sarah uses colour to enhance the organisation and definition of observed form. Sarah considers the setting up of a still life a crucial part of the process: focusing on the objects themselves, everyday objects that are often looked at but not seen, how they relate to each other and the space in which they sit. When painting Sarah pursues the development of these relationships through constantly looking, contemplating, redrawing and colour adjusting.

Sarah studied at Byam Shaw School of Art and Camberwell School of Art in 1970s and 80s and is now internationally recognised for her work. She won the Winsor and Newton Young Artists Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition is a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. She is the winner of the Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize.

Sarah says: I am often inspired by the specific beauty of an organic form be it a nasturtium picked from the allotment or a particularly handsome fig at the market. My way of expressing my response to these objects is through drawing and painting.

Sarah's work will be shown with still life glass maestro Elliot Walker, associated with the London Glassblowing Studios.

Elliot is one of a handful of glassblowers in the world who focus solely on figurative sculpture. Sculpting in molten glass is known as the Messello technique, and working this way requires extreme dexterity, speed and precise temperature control. He chooses to sculpt in glass mainly for the material's immediacy and transparency and for the intensity of the sculpting experience.

Sarah Spackman

Camelia Bud

Oil on board

Ref: 107377

25 x 20 cms


Sarah Spackman

Sarah Spackman paints things we see every day: flowers from the garden, pots used in the kitchen, fruit from the allotment. There are many ways of looking at things - we can see objects in the normal sense of the word, as things existing remotely from ourselves or we can experience things through sight as if they are tangible. Sarah's paintings seek to explore this tangibility, and the tactile space between the viewer and the object. She uses colour to recreate things we have around us but do not always see, and makes us look again.

Sarah is a contemporary figurative artist well known for her still-life paintings. She lives and works in Oxford where she has a studio in the Edith Road Workshops. Sarah graduated from Camberwell School of Art in 1981 and since 1986 has worked full time as an artist and exhibited regularly, mainly in England and Ireland. Her work is in many private collections and a number of paintings have also been selected for the contemporary art collection of the AIB Bank.

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