"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 Shows

2020 Made in Winter, Group show, Brighton

2020 7 Contemporary Painters, Bermondsey Project Space, London

2020   Re-Visible             Four man show, Dean Clough, Halifax

2020   Dear Christine     Arthouse London


Competitions, prizes and awards

2019, RWA  167 th Open,  Bristol

2019, Aesthetica Art prize

2017, British Women Artists - winner 

2016, University of Chichester Fine Art Award - National Open Art 

 2018, Jacksons Art Prize, London


2017, Shortlist: Threadneedle Art prize 


2017, Shortlist Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 


2017, Shortlist: Royal Academy Summer Show 


2016, Artist in residence - Minerva Theatre Chichester with NOA 


2014, National Open Art Competition 


2014, Threadneedle Prize, London 


2014, East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery 


2014, Cork Street Open, London 


2014, Art Gemini Prize - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London 


2013, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London 


2013, National Open Art - Minerva Theatre 


2013, Zeitgeist Art Prize, London


2012, Aesthetica Art Prize, York 


2010, National Open Art, Chichester 


 Solo Exhibitions


2019, I've got something against you, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton 


2018, 14 Paintings, Commission - 2018 - 2019, St Davids, Pembrokeshire


2018, Animus, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey 


2016, Anglomania, Villa Fabris, Thiene, Italy 


2015, Shift, Ink-d Gallery, Brighton


2014, Parallels, Naked Eye, Brighton 


2014, Passages, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey 


2013, Sarah Shaw - New Paintings, Artist Residence, Brighton 



Group Exhibitions


2019, RWA 167 th Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol


2019, Dear Christine, Vane, Newcastle. Elysium Gallery, Swansea. Arthouse, London, Newcastle, Swansea, London 


2019, Aesthetica Art Prize, York gallery, York


2019, Disposition, Bermondsey Art Space, London 


2018, Private View, LAE, London 


2018, Star Wars, Dynamite Gallery, Brighton 


2018, Modern Masters, Art Republic, Brighton 


2018, Jacksons Art Prize, Cass Art, London 


2018, 14 Paintings, St Davids, Pembrokeshire


2018, Crossings, Southwell Minster, Nottingham 


2018, S O Fine Arts, RHA, Dublin 


2017, Anima Mundi, Villa Fabris, Thiene, Italy 


2017, Ceremony, No. 20 Arts, London 


2016, Winners Show, Pallant House, Chichester 


2016, NOA, Mercers Hall, London 


2016, Chroma, Dynamite Gallery, Brighton 


2016, National Open Art, Other Art Fair, London 


2016, Heads, Studio One, London 


2015, Inaugural Show, Lacey Contemporary, London 


2015, Open Art Competition, National Open Art, Royal College of Art, London 


2015, International Exposition, National Open art, Harrogate 


2015, Art Gemini Prize, Menier Gallery, London 


2015, Connect 2 Colour, Lacey Contemporary, London 


2015, AAF, Bo - Lee Gallery, London 


2015, Wanderlust, Lacey Contemporary, London 


2015, AAF, Ink-d Gallery, London 


2014, Group show, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London 


2014, Pushing Paint, Ink-d Gallery, Brighton 


2013, 32 Painters, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 


2012, The Group, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London 


2011, Farm Road Collective, Farm Rd, Brighton 





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Sunday evening studio. Taking stock. My wall reads ‘The face of the devil in my soup’ . Sounds about right. Pavement playing. Another old school night. ‘Sarah from the past’ a friend calls me. That sounds about right too. Hope you’re all having a lovely Sun eve x #sarahshaw #sarahshawpainting #fromthedepths #series #contemporarybritishpainting #britishwomenartists #Contemporaryoilpainting #brightonartists

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