Monday, 23 September 2019

Sharon Drew – Immersion

Sharon Drew
 – Immersion

23 September - 27 November 2019
Private View: Thursday 26 September 6-8.30pm


William Road Gallery
 @ John McAslan &;; Partners
7-9 William Road, London NW1 3ER

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 work
 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 
gestures 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
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.