7 – 29 January 2017
Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9NJ
(Daylight hours, and lit until midnight)
The result of Sharon’s residency in Docklands exciting arts quarter Trinity Buoy Wharf. Her dynamic paintings, influenced by the improvised techniques and attitudes of the Abstract Expressionists, pay homage to artists showing recently in the major Royal Academy exhibition.
Flat-out: Four weeks of fast painting
Artist-in-Residence at UEL Fine Art Project Space Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
Sharon Drew had four weeks as Artist-in-Residence to use UEL Fine Art Project Space at Trinity Buoy Wharf
London and respond to the location, culminating in an exhibition. Flat-Out refers to Drew’s process of painting
canvases on the floor and the pace at which she intended to work.
Mid-20th century ‘Action-Painters’ such as Willem de-Kooning and Jackson Pollock have affected and
influenced Drew’s work with their immersive, sensuous, process-based paintings since her student days at UEL
(University of East London). It is timely that the Abstract Expressionist exhibition has only just finished at the
Royal Academy of Art.
Drew employs similar improvised working processes and states: “I consider abstract paintings that evoke
sensations and emotions are part of the human experience and so are as relevant today as ever.”
“When making a painting I want to find that point where I am only just in control of the paint, letting it behave in
ways that may surprise and delight me. As I work paint leaves the brush in drips and trails… a brush-mark may
hold or dissolve, colours separate or blend. My energy is channeled into the work and I become an observer of
the complex illusion of light, space and movement that evolve. I judge a work finished when it has a life of its
own that surpasses my understanding.”
Trinity Buoy Wharf is situated on a bend of the River Thames opposite the 02 Arena, a unique area where
nautical history meets 21st century art and innovation. Rusted industrial relics are seen against converted
shipping containers, now spaces in which to live and work. A red lightship rests at low-tide on the drab-grey
mud of the shoreline, while in the distance a string of cable-cars are silhouetted against the skyline. With long
views, expansive skies, turbulent water and shifting light – this location provides a wealth of visual sensations
Sharon Drew lives and works in Walthamstow. Her paintings have shown at 2016 Royal
Academy Summer Exhibition; Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Exhibition and Third
Space, Tower Bridge with Rebecca Hossack Gallery. Her paintings have also recently been
displayed at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant ‘London House’.
Sharon was shortlisted in 2015 for the Griffin Gallery Open Liquitex Prize and East London
Painting Prize and in 2013 selected for a two-person show at Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport.
Sharon has had solo shows and exhibited in group exhibitions in London, Paris and Singapore.
She is also a visiting tutor at Waltham Forest College and William Morris Gallery. Her work is in
private collections throughout the UK.
She completed her Fine Art BA at University of East London in 1992 and MA Fine Art at Central
Saint Martins School of Art in 2003, where she is now a mentor to Fine Art MA and degree