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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  06/08/2021

"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
'Sovereign', 2021, watercolour on antique paper, mounted on board

'Sovereign', 2021, watercolour on antique paper, mounted on board

'Pope', 2021 watercolour on antique paper, mounted on board

'Pope', 2021 watercolour on antique paper, mounted on board

'Oath' Watercolour and ink on patterned paper, 2021

'Oath' Watercolour and ink on patterned paper, 2021

'All the world's a stage', 2021 watercolour on antique paper, mounted on board

'All the world's a stage', 2021 watercolour on antique paper, mounted on board

'Siren' 2021, watercolour on patterned paper, mounted on board

'Siren' 2021, watercolour on patterned paper, mounted on board

'Reason Unravels' 2021, watercolour on patterned paper, mounted on board

'Reason Unravels' 2021, watercolour on patterned 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

'Monster' watercolour on patterned paper, mounted on board, 2021

'Monster' watercolour on patterned paper, mounted on board, 2021

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

2021

Wells Art Contemporary, Wells Cathedral, Somerset, UK

Thank you and I mean that very very sincerely, 303 Projects, Lowestoft, UK

Royal Cambrian Academy Open, Conwy, Wales

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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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