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Sarah Bowman

Artist Statement

“I never begin a painting knowing exactly how it will end up. They start with the landscape and the windowsill or the table and the rest emerges later, the objects placed last, perhaps a curtain will slip in at the side as if a breeze floated in. Each element of the composition is a reaction to the last thing painted. I like to work on at a few paintings at a time so that they stay fresh.”

Background

“Sarah Bowman’s paintings are much sought after and she has gained widespread recognition, including showing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and gaining the Mary Fedden award at the Royal West of England Academy. Having studied at Falmouth Art College, she has in the past been firmly linked to the St Ives School.

“Equally important to her development was a trip to Tuscany in her late teens to see the renaissance fresco paintings. The use of the trompe l’oeil device of the window looking on to a distant landscape and a foreground narrative framing a distant view, a delight in the primitive and unscathed landscape, as well as the dry scumbly texture of her paint, even tonal values, and the gentle muted palette, occasionally illuminated by a flash of rather post-renaissance electric pink, purple or blue, all reflect this influence.

“She paints intuitively, her landscapes are derived from memory, they are an amalgamation of places she has visited, Cornwall, Devon, the Scilly Isles, Andalucia. She thrives on exploring new locations to paint, searching for still-life and natural objects to depict.

“Far more than the painters of the St Ives School, these works carry with them a sense of exploration and travel and they lead us into an imaginary world of distilled memory.” – Elspeth Moncrieff

Recent Exhibitions

The Little Picture Show

24/11/2018 White Space Art

Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair

19/10/2018 White Space Art

Breeze Art & Makers Fair

14/09/2018 White Space Art

Summer Exhibition

28/07/2018 White Space Art

Fresh: Contemporary Art Fair

27/04/2018 White Space Art

Affordable Art Fair, Spring Collection

08/03/2018 White Space Art

Winter 2017

25/11/2017 White Space Art

Summer Exhibition 2017

22/07/2017 White Space Art

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

09/03/2017 White Space Art

To the Lighthouse

22/02/2017 White Space Art

Winter Exhibition 2016

19/11/2016 White Space Art

Selected Exhibitions

To The Lighthouse

2017 White Space Art, Totnes

The Birds & the Bees & Other Subjects

2015 White Space Art, Totnes

The Rite of Spring

2012 White Space Art, Totnes

Recent Works

2010 Wren Gallery, Burford

Recent Works

2010 Ainscough Contemporary Art Gallery

Recent Works

2009 White Space Art, Totnes

Recent Works

2008 Wren Gallery, Burford

Recent Works

2008 Ainscough Contemporary Art Gallery

Recent Works

2007 White Space Art, Totnes

Recent Works

2006 White Space Art, Totnes

Recent Works

2005 Ainscough Contemporary Art, Chelsea

Recent Works

2004 Ainscough Contemporary Art, Chelsea

Awards

Winner of the Mary Fedden Award, Royal West of England Academy

2005

Finalist, Noble Grossart painting prize

2001

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Sarah Bowman