Sharon Drew

Born in 1958 - United Kingdom


Sharon Drew has been based in East London for over 20 years and completed her MA Fine Art at Byam Shaw at Central Saint Martins School of Art in 2003, where she is now a Mentor to fine art degree students. Her work was selected for the 2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and in 2013 for a two-person show – Rhythm, Balance, Flow - at T5 Gallery, Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport.

Sharon’s paintings have shown alongside highly established artists such as Mali Morris RA, Jeff Dellow and Clyde Hopkins in the recent London exhibition Drawing to Making and also Colour & Otherness at Grace Teshima Gallery, Montmartre, Paris. Sharon has also exhibited in solo shows and her work is in private collections throughout the UK.

Sharon has been the subject of a photo shoot for Getty Images as well as Art Consultant and provider of paintings for Art Is… a British musical feature film, directed by Barry Bliss.

The film Art Is… stars Paul McGann, Gary Kemp and Emily Beecham. During 2013 it has been screened at Tate Modern, London, UK; Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, USA; London Independent Film Festival and ICA London, UK. Art Is… was selected for competition at the 2014 American online film awards and shown at LIFF Lucerne International Film Festival, Switzerland. The film is also due to be screened this year in Moscow and St Petersburg.

The West Cornish landscape around St Ives is renown for its extraordinary light and colour and is a major influence on Drew’s work. Her paintings follow a long tradition of British colour-abstraction inspired by the land, sea and sky of the location.

Themes of light, space, colour and pattern run throughout and evolve out of process. Translucent and opaque layers are overlaid - rapid, repetitive applications of paint provide rhythm and pace to the work.

Much of the process is ‘in-the-moment’. Painted layers applied with momentum create an engaging state of flux between accident and control.

Sharon, commenting on the influence of the location, states …

‘Dazzling sun, intense colour, torrential downpours, windswept cliffs, lingering mist, impenetrable fog, fleeting light, concealing and exposing tides, rhythmic waves, … the edge of the ocean is both enthralling and compelling.’

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AAF Singapore,Bicha Gallery
AAF Battersea, Bicha Gallery
Art@42 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11

Light-Waves – Tokarska Gallery 163 Forest Rd London E17
Retro-Spective – Clear Cut Pictures 1 Springvale Terrace London W14

Pulse & Flow – New Gallery London, Peckham, London SE15

Colour-Field – Penny Fielding Gallery & Interiors London E17

Encounter – Leighton Space, Kentish Town, London NW5

The Cutting Room – Greenwich, London SE3

Beautiful Interiors at Penny Fielding – London E17

Xinc – Streatham London SW16

Hadley House – London E11

Selected exhibitions

Colour & Otherness, Chez Grace Teshima Gallery, Montmartre, Paris
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition London W1
Drawing to Making Clarendon Studios, London, SE13
Chinese Open 2014 Year Of The Horse Q Park, Chinatown, London, W1
Simon Gillespie Studio New Bond Street London W1

The Independent Artist Fair (TIAF) Mile End Pavilion London EC3

Pick ’n Mix Woolworths – London E11

Dace Space Hackney Wick, London, E8

Diversion The Art Academy London SE E17

Byam Shaw School of Art @ Central Saint Martins – M A Exhibition London

New Yard Space (two person show) Shoreditch London EC2
The Millinery Works ‘Modern & Contemporary British Art’ Islington London N1

The Spitz Shifting Ground London EC1

The Millinery Works (two person show) Islington London N1

Tate Gallery (Education Dept) Women Artists London SW1

Watermans Art Centre Brentford

Alexandra Palace The Art Show London N22
Fairfield Halls Croydon, Surrey
William Morris Gallery ‘In Transit’ London E17

Fresh Art Design Centre Islington London N1

Rotunda Gallery Broadgate London EC1

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