"Shaw’s paintings sneak right up to the classical formulas of beauty and composition, and then quickly back away again leaving the viewer wanting. She dangles completion in front of the onlooker like an unreachable carrot. While this palpable manipulation is at times uncomfortable, its reflection in contemporary life is equally so. The works evokes the emotions of incompleteness and wanting that can riddle this over-promised and unfulfilled 3rd millennium reality."

Seth Orion Schwaiger MFA, GSA

Sarah graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2001; her work has been purchased by private collectors in the UK and abroad, and resides in many private collections, including Rolling Stone,  Ronnie Wood.  She works from her studio in Brighton.



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Upcoming and current shows

 'I've Got Something Against You'    solo show, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton, UK


 'Dear Christine'  curated group show,  Vane Gallery, Newcastle, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Arthouse, London, UK




'Disposition'  curated group show, Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK


Finalist Aesthetica Art Prize, York, UK






AEDAS, Commission, Pembrokeshire Wales


LAE, curated group show, November, London, UK


'Modern Masters'  group show, Art Republic, Brighton UK


Jackson’s Art Prize, London, UK


Delphian Gallery Open Call, London, UK


'White + Black' Group show, Whistleblower Gallery, March/April, Brighton, UK


'Crossings' Southwell Minster, Nottingham, UK


'Animus'  Solo show New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, UK






Here we go! Group show, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton


RHA, Dublin - SO Fine Art Collections, Dublin


Shortlisted Threadneedle Art Prize, London


Anima Mundi, Thiene, Italy


'Ceremony' TatArt, Barcelona


Winner 'British Women Artists' Prize


Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize


Curated group show,  'Ceremony' - No. 20 Arts, Islington, London


Curated group show,  'Painting (Now)' Studio One Gallery, London


Shortlisted Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize


Shortlisted Royal Academy Summer Show, London






Pre-selected Aesthetica Art Prize, Worldwide


Winners show, National Open Art, Pallant House, Chichester, UK


National Open Art Competition Mercers Hall, London, UK


'Anglomania'  Dadaprojects, Thiene, Italy


Chroma, Brighton, UK


The Other Art Fair with National Open Art, London, UK






Dada Projects, Dada 8, Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton, UK


Pre-selected Threadneedle Art Prize, UK


Lacey Contemporary Inaugural Show, Holland Park, London, UK


National Open Art Competition, Royal College of Art, London, UK


Harrogate International Art Expo with NOA, UK


Art Gemini Prize, Menier Gallery, London, UK


'Heads', Curated group, Studio One Gallery, London, UK


'Connect2Colour', Lacey Contemporary, London, UK


'Shift', Solo show at ink_d gallery, Brighton, UK 


AAF Battersea with Bo-Lee Gallery, London, UK


'Wanderlust', Lacey Contemporary, London, UK


London Art Fair, represented by ink_d gallery, Brighton, UK






Artist in residence, National Open, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, UK


National Open Art, Somerset House, London, UK


Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London, UK


‘Mix’ Group show, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London, UK


‘Parallels’ Solo show, Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton, UK


‘East Sussex Open’, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK


‘Cork Street Open’, London, UK


'Pushing Paint’, ink_d gallery, Brighton, UK


‘Parallels’ Solo show, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK


Art Gemini Prize, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK






Royal Institute of Oil Painters Open, Mall Galleries, London, UK


National Open Art Competition, UK 
Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Royal College of Art, London, UK


Zeitgeist Open 2013, Zeitgeist Art Projects, London, UK


’32 Painters’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, UK






The Group, Winter Collection, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London, UK


Aesthetica Art Prize, UK


Group show, ink_d gallery, Brighton, UK


Fine art auction and exhibition, Tooveys, in association with Horsham museum, Sussex, UK






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