Overview

Dwyer, an intuitive colourist, exuberantly re-imagines familiar forms to begin a freewheeling, helter-skelter conversation between different media and surfaces. A dance of the figure through abstraction, her works record the physical gestures of making, themselves on the cusp of animation, poised to fall, to leap, to fly, to die.

Sarah Dwyer (b. 1974) is an Irish artist, raised in Ireland and the UK and working in London.

 

Dwyer has a somewhat mischievous and subversive approach to painting, printmaking, life-drawing and, more recently, experimental sculpture.

 

An intuitive colourist, Dwyer exuberantly re-imagines familiar forms to begin a freewheeling, helter-skelter conversation between different media and surfaces. A dance of the figure through abstraction, her works record the physical gestures of making, themselves on the cusp of animation, poised to fall, to leap, to fly, to die.

 

Her practice itself insists on constant motion and renewal as new imagery is often generated by reworking paintings. Through the merciless, physical process of removal and insertion, as the boxer jabs and ducks, Dwyer confronts her fears around the finality of loss. The rejigged object becomes a metaphor for the vulnerability, courage, and stamina that life demands. 

 

Dwyer’s exploration of image and form through storytelling, and interest in Jungian principles, binds her to the legacies of Surrealism & the Cobra movement.   Distorted figures, with assertive limbs and confrontational appendages, live in the space where truth and invention merge. Shadows on the cave wall, they flicker on the edge of memory, prompting recognition but remaining unknowable, deeply coded in Dwyer's alchemistic lexicon.  

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Biography

Sarah Dwyer (b.1974 in Cork, Ireland) She has a Master’s in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London. Sarah has exhibited internationally in USA, Europe and Japan, also curating several exhibitions in the UK. She has works in private and public collections in Europe, the USA, Korea and China.

 

Sarah’s practice includes painting, drawing, printmaking and experimental sculptures. Punchy exuberant re-imaginations of her familial surroundings and bodily forms are excavated with a somewhat mischievous and subversive approach.

 

Recent shows include; ‘Ode to Orlando’ at Pi Artworks London 2022, ‘Still Life/Life Still at OHSH Projects London 2022, ‘Pigeon Park at Manor Place Baths London 2021, ‘Drawn Together’ at Jane Lombard NY 2021, ’Reigen’ at Fabian Lang Zurich 2021, ’Human Scale’ Rochester Art Centre Minneapolis, USA  2021, ‘Penumbra’, FeMcwilliam Museum Belfast 2021, Black Chat, Sew Rib’ at Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, London 2020, ’Tink’ a Solo Exhibition at Jane Lombard Gallery NY 2019, Stains on a Decade, Josh Lilley Gallery London 2019, ‘Out There Out Where’, Boston Manor House, London 2018 , The John Moores Painting Prize, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2016, New Order; British Art Today, 2014 at The Saatchi Gallery, London.

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