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My paintings explore the depiction of space and examine acts of looking. I layer patterns and surfaces to build up compositions. I want to invite the viewer to consider the status of form and space through my paintings. Breaking down the hierarchy of objects and surfaces allows me to examine the contours and the edges of familiar and misremembered spaces. I use templates, drop shadows, scale and gestural mark-making to challenge the presentation of space within the painting. The drawing and re-drawing and the painting and re-painting of shapes from observation and memory allow me to rediscover and develop spaces and form within the pictorial space. References accumulate; they range from 1940’s handwriting patterns, to Scandinavian interior design, film, literature and the painting canon itself. I want to leave enough room in the work for there to be an ambiguity of interpretation, where shapes can slip in and out of describing identifiable forms in a similar way to the way that memory operates and plays with the act of recognition. 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