Sharon Drew lives and works in London and will be Artist-in-Residence at London Borough of Culture Project Space, One Hoe Street in November. She completed two previous residencies at Trinity Buoy Wharf Docklands. Central London Solo shows include Immersion at William Road Gallery/John McAslan + Partners, The Place, Manifesto and Fitzrovia Gallery. Two-person shows at Third Space Tower Bridge with Rebecca Hossack Gallery and T5 Gallery at Terminal 5, London Heathrow.
Sharon’s work has been selected for many exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant London House. Her paintings have been shortlisted for several painting prizes including the Liquitex Painting Prize and her work has also been shown in Singapore and Paris.
Sharon 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. Previously a tutor in Art & Design for over 20 years she has more recently been running art workshops at her studio and also the William Morris Gallery and University of East London.. Sharon’s work is in private collections in Germany and throughout the UK.
For a more detailed CV please see Exhibitions/Events, and Media > Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drew_sharon/ for sketchbook studies and landscape influences. Also here are examples from recent adult and children’s Painting & Drawing Workshops. Sharon has an annual OPEN STUDIO event during the first two weeks of June each year.
In this age of instant gratification and constant distraction it is difficult to be fully present in a place, process or moment in time. And yet it is this feeling of total immersion that I strive for through my art. Time, preparation and planning needs to be given to get to a place both physically and mentally, where intuition, creativity and the subconscious can take over and I can be truly ‘in the moment’.
Being immersed in a particular landscape can create a sense of connection that I try to rediscover in the studio. I travel to places such as the Thames foreshore and coasts of Cornwall and Kent and revel in exposure to weather, expansive skies, tides and turbulent water. I am trying to find a visual metaphor for the sensation of momentum and shifting light, rather than depict a particular place.