New Gallery London, 92 Peckham Road London SE15 5PY

Sharon Drew’s recent acrylics combine intellectual rigour with aesthetic delight to please eye and heart, and stimulate the mind. Her complex, layered abstracts play at the far edge of figuration – with suggestions of flood and fire, wave and sun. The heart of her work is a passionate dialogue with restless process – from chance staining to precise brushstroke. This vivid conversation between the act of making and the resulting forms, produces dynamic shifts in style, motif and palette. A happy state of flux animates each piece and engages the viewer with gorgeous colour, mesmeric line and seductive ambiguity. Recommended.

© Nigel Pollitt June 2012. Poet, writer and teacher, Former Visual Arts Editor of City Limits Magazine