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Sarah Shaw

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Sarah Shaw graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2001 with a 1st Class Honours BA Degree in Fine Art and is now based in Brighton.


Sarah creates paintings that elegantly hover between figuration and abstraction while striving to inject them with enough room for personal interpretation. Her artwork speaks of a belief in the enduring vitality of painting as a primary form of communication. Shaw describes her inspiration as deriving from a quiet, almost meditative place.


Shaw explains that her process seems to always revolve around building up and stripping down of imagery, exploring different painterly languages then reducing down to the lowest denominator. By editing specific works and ideas she strives to capture the sense of a moment in time. These snatches of images, sounds and thoughts form a balance which she describes as ‘a painterly slideshow of memory’.


Shaw’s paintings often explore themes of beauty, history, the passing of time and the brevity of life.


Her work has been purchased by private collectors in the UK and abroad, and has been featured in many notable competitions. The artist has also been shortlisted for the prestigious Aesthetica and Threadneedle Art prizes.


Sarah recently was awarded the University of Chichester’s Award for Fine Art in the Regional Awards within the National Open Art Competition, where she has also been artist in residence.


Sarah primarily works in oil on canvas or paper but her paintings have also been translated into beautiful silkscreen and giclée limited-edition prints.




ARCANA, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton, UK                                 Darker than a blackbird’s retina, Selected group show, Calder Art, Huddersfield, UK                              

Wales Contemporary 2023 (Cymru Gyfoes), Waterfront Gallery, Wales, UK                                                                                   

StART Art, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2023, Mall Galleries, London, UK

CIRCLE, Group Show, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton, UK

Goddesses, Selected group show, Terrace Gallery, London, Lido Gallery, Margate, UK



ING DiscerningEye, Mall Galleries, London, UK

A Rabblement of Bone and Rot, Artworks, Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

Diableries, Huddersfield Art Gallery, West Yorkshire, UK



Secret Histories, Excavations in Paint, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton, UK

Pause, a solo commission of 16 Paintings. Twr Y Felin, St Davids, Wales, UK



Made in Winter, group show, Brighton, UK

7 Contemporary Painters, Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK 

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


I've Got Something Against You, solo show, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton, UK

Dear Christine, curated group show, Newcastle, Swansea, London, UK

Disposition, curated group show, Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK

Aesthetica Art Prize, York, UK

RWA, 167th Open, Bristol



AEDAS, Commission, Pembrokeshire Wales

LAE, curated group show, November, London, UK

Modern Masters, group show, Art Republic, Brighton UK

Jackson’s Art Prize, London, UK

Delphian Gallery Open Call, London, UK

White + Black, Group show, Whistleblower Gallery, March/April, Brighton, UK

Crossings, Southwell Minster, Nottingham, UK

Animus, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, UK


Here we go! Group show, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton

RHA, Dublin - SO Fine Art Collections, Dublin

Shortlisted Threadneedle Art Prize, London

Anima Mundi, Thiene, Italy

'Ceremony' TatArt, Barcelona

Winner 'British Women Artists' Prize

Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize

Curated group show,  'Ceremony' - No. 20 Arts, Islington, London

Curated group show,  'Painting (Now)' Studio One Gallery, London

Shortlisted Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize

Shortlisted Royal Academy Summer Show, London


Pre-selected Aesthetica Art Prize, Worldwide

Winners show, National Open Art, Pallant House, Chichester, UK

National Open Art Competition Mercers Hall, London, UK

'Anglomania'  Dadaprojects, Thiene, Italy

Chroma, Brighton, UK

The Other Art Fair with National Open Art, London, UK


Dada Projects, Dada 8, Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton, UK

Pre-selected Threadneedle Art Prize, UK

Lacey Contemporary Inaugural Show, Holland Park, London, UK

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

Harrogate International Art Expo with NOA, UK

Art Gemini Prize, Menier Gallery, London, UK

'Heads', Curated group, Studio One Gallery, London, UK

'Connect2Colour', Lacey Contemporary, London, UK

'Shift', Solo show at ink_d gallery, Brighton, UK 

AAF Battersea with Bo-Lee Gallery, London, UK

'Wanderlust', Lacey Contemporary, London, UK

London Art Fair, represented by ink_d gallery, Brighton, UK


Artist in residence, National Open, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, UK

National Open Art, Somerset House, London, UK

Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London, UK

‘Mix’ Group show, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London, UK

‘Parallels’ Solo show, Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton, UK

‘East Sussex Open’, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK

‘Cork Street Open’, London, UK

'Pushing Paint’, ink_d gallery, Brighton, UK

‘Parallels’ Solo show, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK

Art Gemini Prize, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK


Royal Institute of Oil Painters Open, Mall Galleries, London, UK

National Open Art Competition, UK 
Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Zeitgeist Open 2013, Zeitgeist Art Projects, London, UK

’32 Painters’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, UK


The Group, Winter Collection, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London, UK

Aesthetica Art Prize, UK

Group show, ink_d gallery, Brighton, UK

Fine art auction and exhibition, Tooveys, in association with Horsham museum, Sussex, UK