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Sharon Leahy-Clark

London, UK

Drawing, Painting • Born in London, UK • Studied at Royal College of Art, London

Published  05/03/2015   |   Updated  11/11/2020

"Drawing is fundamental to my work..."

Sharon is a resident artist at The Centre for Recent Drawing in London, UK. The organic shapes she creates all have an immediately discernible character, no matter how abstract, some appear friendly, others fierce. One must admit that the mythological figure of the wild man in its countless guises has a primordial resemblance to the intuitive beings Sharon creates.

“Drawing is integral to my work. I am fascinated by the...

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Sharon is a resident artist at The Centre for Recent Drawing in London, UK. The organic shapes she creates all have an immediately discernible character, no matter how abstract, some appear friendly, others fierce. One must admit that the mythological figure of the wild man in its countless guises has a primordial resemblance to the intuitive beings Sharon creates.

“Drawing is integral to my work. I am fascinated by the immediacy of mark making and, for me this can mean either actively using materials to draw or, understanding a puff of cloud, a stain, fold, or tear as a drawing. There is no boundary to drawing, – it is ultimate freedom.”

Sharon Leahy-Clark

Sharon Leahy-Clark
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'Concertina Dark', watercolour on antique paper

'Concertina Dark', watercolour on antique paper

'Banana Republic', watercolour on aquaboard

'Banana Republic', watercolour on aquaboard

'Opera' watercolour on wrapping paper mounted on board

'Opera' watercolour on wrapping paper mounted on board

'Red Horse' watercolour on gesso on board

'Red Horse' watercolour on gesso on board

'Rules' watercolour on wrapping paper mounted on board

'Rules' watercolour on wrapping paper mounted on board

'The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters', Hand made glass on bespoke shelf

'The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters', Hand made glass on bespoke shelf

'The Sweet Trap' watercolour on gesso on board

'The Sweet Trap' watercolour on gesso on board

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

The building overlooks the very busy Highbury and Islington station in London. From my window I see people coming and going. There's always movement, transition. Nothing is permament...

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

No favorite.

What themes do you pursue?

Outsider, surreal, anything odd.

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

I never listen to advice…good or bad.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

A Louise Borgeios drawing.

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

My imagination.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2019

Rolling the Rock, Centre for Recent Drawing, London UK

2017

Not Afraid of the Dark, Paper Gallery, Manchester, UK

2013

Sailing to Byzantium, Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, UK

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GROUP

2020

Picture Palace, Transition Gallery, London

ArtWorks Open, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London

2019

Speed of Thought, Newington Gallery, Art Academy, London, UK

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WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

BBC, Manchester

British Airways, London

Drawing Gallery, UK

GALLERIES

Paper Gallery, Manchester | http://www.paper-gallery.co.uk/70879/4497542/paper-artists/sharon-leahy-clark

AWARDS

2001, The Helen Chadwick Memorial Award

1999, Absolut Secret Fine Art Scholarship, Royal College of Art

EDUCATION (detailed)

1983-1986, BSC (Hons), Sociology, University of North London, (2:1)

1996-1999, MIddlesex University, BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class

1999-2001, Royal College of Art, MA: Fine Art Painting

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