Sarah Jane Richards (b.1977) is a Welsh artist working in drawing, painting and site-specific installation, based in Liverpool UK. Sarah Jane studied at Leeds Metropolitan University and Universitat de Belles Artes, Barcelona, BA hons Fine Art. 

 

Sarah Janes work is concerned with capturing reflections and observations of the environment using mark making through walking, meditating and drawing. From these are developed painting and drawing installations that relate to a place and time.

 

With an interested in different ways of looking and how drawing operates as a different mode of seeing. Sarah Jane spends prolonged time walking in nature gazing and glancing To gaze as an opening and softening of the mind and eyes, taking in the peripheral vision and being aware of light and form. Focusing on breathing and the experience of all senses whilst drawing. Glancing takes pleasure in capturing the fleeting, snapshots that form part of an unconscious absorption, informing the marks and textures created in their immediacy.

Walking offers a rhythm, an exertion, a way of moving through the world that gives a format and a meaning to marks and shapes.  Engaged with the abstract and expressional Sarah Janes work also contains traditional observational skills from the process of moving through time and space.

Sarah Janes  derives pigment and materials from the environment, creating alchemic mixtures of substances  that negotiates the materials properties as part of her practise. Through these her work rests on the edge of landscape and representation.

Through site specific installation Sarah Jane's work creates an environment to create an immersive experience, moving through large pieces that forms an internal landscape. Current practises are exploring displaying artwork externally within the landscape that inspired them, moving beyond the walls of indoor sites, shaped by the natural elements and occupying transient space.

Sarah Jane is the drawing tutor at Hope University, Liverpool and runs regular art classes for children and adults in the region. With a person-centred approach Sarah Jane is passionate about connecting with nature and people through creativity. She works with people to encourage their journey through art, to strengthen their relationship and knowledge of the natural environment and to support mental health and wellbeing. She has a deep affinity for nature and conservation, inspired by ways of beholding, valuing and celebrating the natural world. - for more information visit: www.fovea-arts.com

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020              Unus Multorum, Plas Bodfa, Anglesea, Wales

                       The Drawing Show at The Bridewell, Liverpool

2019              The Drawing show, Liverpool

                       West Lancashire Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

2018              P-OD, Process- Observational Drawings, Arena Gallery, Liverpool

                       Nepomuk, Bohemian Festival, Waterloo, Liverpool

2017              The Nature of Things, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

2016              Sefton Voices, The Atkinson, Southport

2015              West Lancashire Open, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk Commended

2014              Paint Exhibition, Gallery 23, Lancaster

2013              Arena Unwrapped, Arena Gallery, Liverpool

2011              West Lancashire Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

                       Bankley Studios, Manchester

2010              In every dream home a heartache, Bridewell Gallery, Liverpool

                       Re-touched, Independent, Liverpool Biennial

2009               Open Art 2009, The Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St Helens

                       Unique Perspectives, Selected Exhibition, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

                       Making it, Selected Exhibition, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

2008               Drawn Here, Independents Biennial, Liverpool

                       The Sefton Open, The Atkinson Gallery, Southport

                       West Lancashire Open, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

                       Wirral 4th Annual Open, The Williamson Gallery, Birkenhead

                       Up and Coming, Contemporary Urban Center, Liverpool

                       A painters Glance, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, Germany

                       Changing 8, The Cornerstone Gallery, Hope University, Liverpool

2007              West Lancashire Open, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

                       Transit, Nexus Art Gallery, Manchester

2006               Co-he-sion, Independents Biennial, Arena Gallery, Liverpool

                       Leeds Art Fair, The Light, Leeds

                       Relentless Forms, Urban Arts Lounge, Liverpool

2005               Prize Exhibition, Royal Birmingham Society of Arts, Birmingham

                       North Wales Open, Theater Clwyd, Mold

                       West Lancashire Open, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

2004               Y Tabernacle, Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Wales

GRANTS/RESIDENCIES

2020              Artkomas CreArt Residency, Kaunas, Lithuania - one month

                       Arts Councils England development grant

2016              Residency at Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, North Wales - two weeks

2015              Artist in Residence, The Atkinson, Southport  - two years

2012              Comma Artist Residency, Butterfly Park, New Ferry - three months

2009              Making it – Artist Residency, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk - one month

2009              Artist in Residence, Ellesmere Port Specialist School of Performing Arts - one year

2008              Face to Face, School Residencies, Sefton Art Council, Liverpool - three months

 

 

 

 

                

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