Approved: 11.05.2012

Rachel Sharp

Artist, Maker, Curator, Journalist, Teacher

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Approved: 11.05.2012

Rachel Sharp grew up in Indiana and lived in New York City for seven years prior to moving to the UK in 2002. Her works investigate the slow, material process of painting and its relationship to the rapid-fire, transient world of the Internet. Using photographs sourced from the Internet and Facebook, she reinterprets the ‘throwaway’ digital image in thickly painted portraits which take

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  • Location: Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Curating, Visual arts consultancy
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Digital, Painting, Public Art, Research
 
 

Biography

Rachel Sharp grew up in Indiana and lived in New York City for seven years prior to moving to the UK in 2002. Her works investigate the slow, material process of painting and its relationship to the rapid-fire, transient world of the Internet. Using photographs sourced from the Internet and Facebook, she reinterprets the ‘throwaway’ digital image in thickly painted portraits which take several weeks or months to complete. This process examines how time, labour, and craft – concepts which are closely intertwined with painting – are positioned in the Digital Age. At the same time, the digital influence is readily apparent. Her paintings reference the pixelation, saturated colour and depthless appearance of the computer screen. As part of her practice-led PhD research at Northumbria University, Sharp often works in collaboration with media specialists and other artists to explore the intersection of painting and the digital.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2012 - Persona, Arts Complex, Edinburgh Group exhibitions 2012 - Departure Foundation North East Student Prize, Tower House, Sunderland 2012 - Painting in the Digital Age, Trestle Gallery, New York City 2012 - TEASER (curated by Christine Borland), Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne 2012 - The Figure NOW, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY 2011 - Fade Away, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne 2011 - MA and Other Postgraduates, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset Curated projects 2014 - Painting the Pixel, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne Artist talks 2012 - Painting in the Digital Age, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - British Science Festival Bursary, British Science Association, Aberdeen University Educational experience - secondary 2011 - MA Fine Art, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne