This painting expands on the artist's 15-year freewheeling art practice. To generate new imagery for her works, Dwyer often reworks old drawings or cuts up older canvases and etchings—opening up fresh meaning through a process of removal and insertion. She uses this regenerative process to confront fears around the finality of loss. The reworked surface becomes a metaphor for the bravery and vulnerability that life demands of us. Dwyer further develops her focus on humanity by embracing the body. Hands, breasts, reclining figures and other anthropomorphic elements are mischievously camouflaged in each work—yet visible to the careful eye.
Inspired by poetry and folklore, Sarah Dwyer’s practice explores image and form through the iterative nature of storytelling. The artist frequently combines drawing with painting, printmaking and sculpture, employing exuberant color palettes and lively mark-making to depict both figurative and abstract imagery. Dwyer’s dynamic compositions process her own surroundings and the everyday experience—while also indulging our desire for play.
Sarah Dwyer was born in Ireland in 1974. In 2004, She received a Master’s in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. She received an MFA from Staffordshire University in the UK in 2001.
Exhibitions of Dwyer’s work have taken place at: Art and Design Gallery in Hatfield, UK; Bloomberg Space in London, UK; Boston Manor House in Brentford, UK; Dallas Art Fair in Dallas, Texas; EC Artspace in London, UK; Gallery North in Newcastle, UK; Godoy in Madrid, Spain; Hair and Nails in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Highbury Studios in London, UK; Hollow Contemporary in London, UK; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in Dublin, Ireland; Kyubidou Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Jane Lombard Gallery in New York City; JGM Gallery in London, UK; McWilliam Gallery in Armagh, UK; No More Grey Gallery in London, UK; The Perfume Factory in London, UK; the Royal Art College in London, UK; Saatchi Gallery in London, UK; Sartorial Contemporary in London, UK; Soho House in New York City; Transition Gallery in London, UK; Truman Brewery in London, UK; Unit 1 Gallery in London, UK; The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, UK; and Wooster Projects Gallery in New York City.
Dwyer lives and works in London, UK.
To generate new imagery for her paintings, the artist reworks old drawings and cuts up older canvases and etchings. The artist uses this regenerative process to confront fears around the finality of loss—the resulting image is a metaphor for the bravery and vulnerability that life demands of us.More