Sharon Drew has been invited to
exhibit her abstract paintings at William Road Gallery. By recreating the sensation of light, colour, rhythm and movement Drew finds in landscape, her
brings a visceral element to the gallery setting.
This new series includes large-scale
paintings and captures the essence of visits to urban and coastal shorelines.
Building up opaque and translucent layers with repetitive and rhythmic
she emulates the constant fluctuations of nature.
In contrast to the measured and calculated methods of the architects
whose practice houses the gallery, Drew's works result from a process of only
just controlling the paint, of letting the material lead the way. The
desire is to be spontaneous
and completely in the moment, and to share
this sense of immersion with the viewer.
"Being immersed in a particular landscape can create a sense of connection that I try to rediscover in the studio. I travel to places such as the Thames foreshore and coasts of Cornwall and Kent and revel in exposure to weather, expansive skies, tides and turbulent water. I am trying to find a visual metaphor for the sensation of momentum and shifting light, rather than depict a particular place."
Sharon Drew lives and works in Waltham Forest and has recently been selected Artist-in-Residence at the first ever London Borough of Culture. She has exhibited widely and her work is held in private collections throughout the UK. She holds an MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins where she is now a mentor to Fine Art MA and degree students.
William Road Gallery is hosted by John McAslan + Partners, an award winning architectural and design practice whose portfolio includes the De La Warr Pavilion, the Roundhouse and the transformation of King’s Cross Station.
Past exhibitions at the gallery included work by Paula Rego, Anish Kapoor and Sarah Lucas.
Free Painters and Sculptors came into existence in the early 1950's as a splinter group from the Institute of Contemporary Arts. It was initially a group of painters who wished to break free of the stereotype that the ICA wished to impose on its members, it attracted other members and became organised as on a charity and corporate basis.
FPS has always maintained high standards with strict selection procedures for its exhibitions at a variety of fine venues including the Mall Galleries, the Barbican, Bankside Gallery and many others.
In the 1970's FPS gained support from The Society for Protection of Animals Abroad which leased part of its premises to FPS for admin and exhibition purposes.
Applications for membership, subject to selection , are welcome. we are looking for new members who are practising artists, or people who are interested in art who would like to help support FPS through admin, organising and publicising exhibitions etc.
We provide exhibition opportunities annually for members at various venues, mostly around London, we also provide a website where members work can be shown and sold, a blog and a regular newsletter which both publish articles from members.