Sarah Spackman is a contemporary figurative artist, her work is distinguished by a strength of drawing, together with a delicate and subtle use of colour.

Sarah studied at Byam Shaw School of Art 1978-79 and Camberwell School of Art 1979-81. Sarah won the Winsor and Newton Young Artists Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition. Sarah has exhibited with the NEAC, the RBA and the ROI and had work selected for the Discerning Eye and the Jerwood Drawing prize. Sarah has just been elected as a member to the Royal Society of British Artists, RBA.

Since the early 1980s Sarah has exhibited widely and regularly, both in the UK and abroad. A number of Sarah’s paintings were selected for the contemporary art collection of the Allied Irish Bank, she also has work in many private collections internationally. Sarah has become particularly well known for her still-life paintings. She works in a quiet considered way applying the principle that good drawing is the basis of good painting. Sarah uses colour to enhance the organisation and definition of observed form .

Sarah considers the setting up of a still life a crucial part of the process. Focusing on the objects themselves, everyday objects that are often looked at but not seen, how they relate to each other and the space in which they sit. When painting Sarah pursues the development of these relationships through constantly looking, contemplating, redrawing and colour adjusting.


“I am often inspired by the specific beauty of an organic form be it a nasturtium picked from the allotment or a particularly handsome fig at the market. My way of expressing my response to these objects is through drawing and painting”.
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