SARAH SPACKMAN R.B.A.
Born in 1958, Sarah Spackman studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw and Camberwell Schools of Art. Sarah has a fundamental belief in the value of drawing and the importance of creating relationships within the pictorial space. Ideas for paintings come from things she has read or seen, much-loved objects from the house or studio, or flowers from the garden. She has become well known for her still life paintings which are, in essence, landscapes. The eye travels around the table top encountering objects that inhabit the space, they are discovered and the space around them explored. The close observation of the objects gives them weight and substance. They become characters inhabiting a landscape, sometimes as groups and at other times as individuals. More recently conventional perspective is often discarded in pursuit of a greater understanding of the way the eye travels across the surface. Sarah works mainly in oils and her use of pale and muted colours show the influence of Morandi. The surface of the canvas is developed with many thin layers of paint, she makes her own primer with egg, oil and titanium white pigment, which adds greater luminosity to the subtle colours used. Sarah's work has been selected for both the Discerning Eye and the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition since 2010 and her work is in public and private collections.