Approved: 16.08.2006

Sarah Spackman

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006
  • Location: Oxford, South East
  • Contexts: Exhibition, Studio practice
  • Artforms: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: #exhibition #contemporary art #gallery #still life painting #observation #camberwell school of art, #stilllife #painting #contemporary art #exhibition #nasturtium #oil painting, 2d



    Artist Statement


    Since leaving Camberwell School of Art with a BA in Fine Art Sarah has pursued a career as an artist. Since 1989 she has shown regularly both here and abroad and has work in many private collections. In 2019 she was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.

    Sarah Spackman's strength of drawing and the delicate and subtle use of colour are two of the main qualities recognised in her work. She applies the guiding principle that good drawing is the basis of good painting and that colour should be used to enhance the organisation and definition of observed space and form. Best known for her still life, Sarah works in a quiet, considered way, her palette is kept organised so the colour is always fresh and bright. For Sarah, these paintings are a way of exploring the world. Each of the objects that appear in her paintings have been given to Sarah, or found, so have a profound connection. How they stand in their own space impacts on the composition as a whole. This close observation gives them character and weight of their own, so what at first seems like a simple, interior still life, is in fact closer to a meditation on the wider world. Her paintings are quiet in their presence but nonetheless powerful and engaging to the viewer. These are paintings that take a close look at things around us, take the object out of the ordinary and make the viewer look again.

     Influences Cezanne, Giacometti, Chardin , Morandi, William Scott, William Coldstream

    CV & Education

    1977 Byam Shaw School of Art, London

    1978-81 Camberwell School of Art, London

    1981 3rd Prize Magnolia National Landscape Competition

    1986  Winner W&N Young Artist Award

    2019 Winner Gordon Hulsom Memorial Prize, RBA Exhibition

    2019 Elected member of Royal Society of British Artists

    Selected Solo Exhibitions

    2019 Jerram Gallery, Dorset with Malcolm Ashman

             Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

    2017 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

             Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

    2016  Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

    2011 Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

    2009 Het Cleyne Huis, Den Haag, Holland with Michiel Schrijver

    1994-2005 Solomon Gallery, Dublin

    1993-1996 Cadogan Gallery, London

    1992-2006 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

    1988-1990 Austin Desmond Fine Art, Sunninghill


    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2015-2018 RBA Exhibition, Mall Galleries

                      ROI Exhibition, Mall Galleries

    2017-2018 NEAC Exhibition, Mall Galleries

    2016-2019 Belgrave Gallery St Ives

                      Jerram Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset

                      Tregony Gallery, Tregony, Cornwall

    2015  40 years of Painting, Camberwell students and teachers, St Ives

               Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

    2012-2015 Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxon
    2014 Still-life Exhibition, Jerram Gallery, Dorset

    2012 Jerwood Drawing Competition Exhibition

    2011 NEAC Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

            Painters and Potters, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey

    2010 Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

             Still-life and Landscape, Seascape Gallery, Godalming, Surrey

    2008/9 Art for Youth, Oxford

    2005 Tsunami Art Auction, RHA, Dublin

    1998 The Artist and Model, Bishops Palace, Chichester
    1997 Cheltenham Open Drawing, National Touring Exhibition.