Sarah Shaw Artist Biography
Artist Sarah Shaw creates works which hover between figuration and abstraction, allowing the viewer the space to impose their own interpretation. Her dexterous paintings speak of a belief in the enduring vitality of painting as a primary form of communication. Sarah Shaw graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2001 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. She is a painter working from a small studio in Brighton making artwork for exhibition and private commissions.She primarily works in oil on canvas or paper but her paintings have also been translated into beautiful silkscreen and giclee limited edition prints. Sarah Shaw describes her inspiration as deriving from ﾓa very quiet place, almost a place of meditation.ﾔ Her creativity centres on conditions ﾓwhere an edgy quietness falls.ﾔ She strives to inject her work with enough room for personal interpretation by creating images that elegantly hover in a place between figuration and non-figuration. Shaw explains that her process ﾓseems to always revolve around building up and stripping down of imagery, exploring different painterly languages than reducing down to the lowest denominator.ﾔ By stripping down specific images and thoughts she captures a precise moment in time. These snatches of images, sounds and thoughts form a coherence which describes as ﾓlike a painterly slideshow of memory.ﾔ Her ﾑMonolithﾒ series of paintings were based on a glimpse of roadside flowers strapped around lampposts in memorial. They aimed to evoke humanity in a passing moment; a momentary reminder of our mortality. Each ﾑmonolithﾒ seemed to have anthropomorphic characteristics, suggesting a kind of human frailty or vulnerability. Shawﾒs paintings often explore themes of beauty, history, the passing of time and the brevity of life. Sarah Shawﾒs work has been purchased by private collectors in the UK and abroad, featured in many notable competitions, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Aesthetica Art Prize. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood can be counted among her many fans.