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My paintings explore the depiction of space to examine the act of looking. I want to invite the viewer to consider the status of space and form through my paintings. Developed through drawing, working on both canvas and paper, the surface of the work reveals an enigmatic, layered picture plane. The scenes depicted in the paintings are initiated by an enquiry into a variety of references repeating approximations of identifiable scenes from the world around me – including imagery from film and TV or literary references. The drawing and re-drawing and the painting and re-painting of shapes from observation and memory allow me to rediscover and develop ideas and form within the formal picture plane. The paintings present a play of shadows and light, suggestion and intimation, exploring paintings’ ability to both represent and question verisimilitude. I want them to speak to us of the familiar and the unfamiliar, the monument and the everyday object.


2007-2009 MFA, Fine Art (Painting), Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.
1997-2000 BA Hons, Fine Art/Textiles, Goldsmiths College, London.
1996-1997 Foundation, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone.

Solo Exhibitions:

2016 Gong! Going! Gosh!, Show Home, London.

Selected Exhibitions:

2017 Creekside Open, selected by Alison Wilding, APT Gallery , London.
2017 Drawing Biennial 2017, The Drawing Room, London.
2016 Bulkhead Exchange, with Jamie George and Richard Scott, Tannery Projects, London.
2015 Screen, Group Show, Turps Banana Gallery, London.
2015 Drawing Biennial 2015, The Drawing Room, London.
2014 Tanlines, Group Show, curated Sarah Brown, hosted by Drawing Room, London.
2013 Tannery Artists Group Show, London.
2013 Glitch - Painting, Peacock Project Space, London.
2012 Tannery Artists Group Show, London.
2011 'Civil Twilight', B&N Gallery, London.
2011 ‘Creekside Open’, Deptford, London, Selected by Dexter Dalwood.
2011 ‘Mr Mercer’, Oriel Scyharth Gallery, Glyndwr University, Wales.
2009 ‘Ballard RIP’, Group Show, Peacock Project Space, London.
2009 Slade School of Fine Art MA show, Slade, UCL, London.
2008 ‘Systems and Patterns II’, Whitechapel Gallery Project Space, London.
2007 ‘Alma Mater’, Alma Enterprises, London.
2006 ‘Celeste Art Prize, Finalist, Truman Brewery, London
2005 ‘Total Recall’, Alma Enterprises, London.
2003 ‘Painting’, Vertigo Gallery, London.
2001 ‘Fecit’, Subterranea, St. John Street, London.
2000 Goldsmiths College Degree Show, London.

Commissions, Awards & Fellowships:

2015 Honorary Research Associate, Slade School Fine Art, Post-graduate Painting.
2009 Clare Winsten Memorial Award.
2009 Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Award.
2008 Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers Prize.
2002 Guys and St Thomas' Hospital Trust commission, London.


2008 Poznan Academy, Poland.

© Sarah Macdonald 2017