Sharon Drew lives and works in London. She recently completed a residency and solo show at Trinity Buoy Wharf Docklands and two-person show at Third Space Tower Bridge with Rebecca Hossack Gallery.
Sharon’s work has been selected for many exhibitions and shortlisted for several painting prizes. Recent examples are:-, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; Terminal 5, London Heathrow; Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant London House. Sharon’s work has also been shown in Singapore and Paris.
She was Art Consultant and provider of paintings for Art Is… a British musical feature film, directed by Barry Bliss and screened at Tate Modern and international film festivals.
Sharon completed her Fine Art MA at Central Saint Martins in 2003 where she is now a mentor to Fine Art MA and BA students. Her work is in private collections throughout the UK.
At the heart of my work is the experience of contrasting urban and natural environments, from East London where I live, to the Cornish Coast that I visit. Travelling from one to the other sharpens my senses and, at different times, one may have more influence than the other. It is primarily the sensation of light, space and movement in the landscape I wish to create rather than evoke a sense of place.
Colour, process and the physicality of paint are central elements in my work. When making a painting I want to find that point where I am only just in control of the paint, letting it behave in ways that may surprise and delight me. As I work paint leaves the brush in drips and trails … a brush-mark may hold or dissolve, colours separate or blend. I become an observer of the complex illusion of light, space and movement that evolve. I judge a work finished when it has a life of its own that surpasses my understanding.