"Shaw’s paintings sneak right up to the classical formulas of beauty and composition, and then quickly back away again leaving the viewer wanting. She dangles completion in front of the onlooker like an unreachable carrot. While this palpable manipulation is at times uncomfortable, its reflection in contemporary life is equally so. The works evokes the emotions of incompleteness and wanting that can riddle this over-promised and unfulfilled 3rd millennium reality."

Seth Orion Schwaiger MFA, GSA

Sarah graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2001; her work has been purchased by private collectors in the UK and abroad, and resides in many private collections, including Rolling Stone,  Ronnie Wood.  She works from her studio in Brighton.



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Upcoming and current shows

 Upcoming 2018


Dates yet  to be confirmed:          


Early 2019              Solo show       Whistleblower Gallery , Brighton

July                'Modern Masters'            Art Republic, Brighton

May               Jacksons Painting Prize           AAF, London

April               Delphian Gallery, London   Open Call 

April/May       Lamberty Gallery, London  (ongoing)   

March            'Black and White' Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton          

 Feb               Crossings, Southwell Minster, Nottingham 

 Feb                'Animus' New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey 


 Nov                       Whistleblower Gallery

 Sept - Dec            RHA, Dublin - SO Fine Art Collections 

 Sept                      Shortlisted Threadneedle Art Prize

 Sept 2017               Anima Mundi, Thiene, Italy

August 2017          Curated group show: 'Ceremony' Tat Art, Barcelona

May 2017                Winner 'British Women Artists' Prize

May 2017                Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize

May 2017                'Ceremony' - No. 20 Arts, Islington, London

April 2017                'Painting (Now)' Studio One Gallery, London

April 2017               Shortlisted Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize

March 2017            Shortlisted Royal Academy Summer Show, London


Dec 2016                 Winners show, National Open Art, Pallant House, Chichester

Sept 2016                National Open art Competition Mercers Hall, London

Sept   2016              'Anglomania' One of four solo shows  with Dadaprojects, Thiene, Italy

June, 2016               Chroma,  Group show,  Brighton

April 2016                ,The Other Art Fair with National Open Art, London


Dec '15                      Dada Projects  'Dada 8'   Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton

Oct ' 15                      Pre - Selected Threadneedle Art Prize

Oct '15                       Lacey Contemporary Inaugural Show, Holland Park, London

Oct - Nov '15              National Open Art Competition, Royal College of Art, London

Nov '15                      Harrogate International Art Expo with NOA

Sept '15                      Art Gemini Prize, Menier Gallery, London

Aug '15                       'Heads'    Studio One Gallery, London

Aug '15                       'Connect2Colour' Summer arts prize, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London

June - July '15             'Shift'    Ink-d Gallery, Brighton 

March '15                     AAF Battersea with Bo-Lee Gallery

Feb '15                        'Wanderlust',  Lacey Contemporary, London

Jan '15                         London Art Fair with Ink-d Gallery


Dec - Jan   '14               Artist in residence National Open, Minerva theatre, Chichester (followed by national tour)

Sept - Dec '14               National Open Art, Somerset House, London, Minerva Theatre, Chichester 

Sept-Oct ’14                  Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London

July – Sept ’14             ‘Mix’ Group show, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London

July ’14                         ‘Parallels’ Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton

July –Sept ’14              ‘East Sussex Open’, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

June ’14                       ‘Cork Street Open’,  London

July ’14                         Pushing Paint’, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton

Jan ’14                         ‘Passages’, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

Jan '14                         Art Gemini Prize, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London


Dec '13                        Royal Institute of Oil Painters Open, Mall Galleries, London

Oct '13                         National Open Art Competition 
                                    Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Royal College of Art, London

Sept '13                       Zeitgeist Open 2013, Zeitgeist Art Projects, London

Feb ’13                       ’32 Painters’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

Dec ;12                        The Group, Winter Collection, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London

Dec ’12                        Aesthetica Art Prize

Oct ’12                         Group show, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton

July ‘ 12                        Fine art auction and exhibition: Tooveys, Sussex
                                     in association with Horsham museum

Jun '11                          Farm Road Collective, Brighton

Nov '10                         National Open Art Competition, Minerva Theatre, Chichester









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