Fitzrovia Gallery presents Flip & Curl - a new series of paintings following Sharon’s Residency Flat-out at Trinity Buoy Wharf, Docklands, last Autumn.
Sharon’s working process begins with a deep response to visual stimulus from the landscape she inhabits. The Thames-side location of Trinity Buoy Wharf, with its industrial edges, big skies and tidal rhythms was particularly inspiring in this respect. Her paintings are essentially abstract but she looks for ways to evoke the energy and quality of landscape.
These are dynamic works. The movement and physicality of the brushstroke is clearly evident as the paint twists and turns, flips and curls, creating a sense of motion and form. Light and colour also play a key element creating energy and space within the composition and adding to the sense of a fleeting moment in time.
Titles such as ‘Flip & Curl’, ‘Flat-out’ and ‘Ziggy’ resist definitive interpretation. Abstract paintings elicit an individual response so I don’t want to dictate or pin down meaning, I much prefer ambiguous titles that open up possibilities and connections.
References to the river and the city become distilled and subsumed into an abstract image and it is for the viewer to decide if the link to the real experience is still apparent or the painting defines itself.
Sharon lives and works in London. During 2016 she had a residency and solo show at Trinity Buoy Wharf Docklands and a two-person show at Third Space Tower Bridge with Rebecca Hossack Gallery. In 2013 she exhibited in a two-person show at T5 Gallery, Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport.
Her work has been selected for many exhibitions including Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant London House. Paintings have also been shown in Singapore and Paris. Sharon was shortlisted in 2015 Griffin Gallery Liquitex Painting Prize and East London Painting Prize.
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.
In 2003 Sharon completed her Fine Art MA at Central Saint Martins where she is now a mentor to Fine Art MA and BA students. Her work is in private collections throughout the UK.
Sharon Drew 07986 772178 firstname.lastname@example.org