Sarah Longworth-West

Sarah Longworth-West

Recent panel paintings have focused on creating dystopian non-spaces that are hard to locate but give an overall atmosphere of a place in which figures, or remnants of them, occasionally inhabit. I am interested in the ideas surrounding ruins and the ruinous, pursuing this line of enquiry through painting; playing with boundaries of recognisable forms and spaces, while clearly referencing painting’s art history.

Figures in my work are present through their absence and it is this ambiguity and implication of figure or form which often gives momentum to the paintings’ construction. I am interested in the interplay of representation and abstraction.

Assimilating contemporary printed media as source material, I work as a visual archivist recording selected images through drawing. These drawings are manipulated to expose choice sections or abstracted elements to form the top layer of a painting activating the surface of pigmented grounds, which overall relate to concerns surrounding order and disorder.

I am interested in the intricacies and incidental qualities of the materiality of paint and make traditional handmade gesso for my painting by adding pigment, or overlapping gesso painted layers to fuse colour. I sand these layers to a smooth finish which, when inspected close up, reveals flaws and a visually unpredictable surface. Concerns surrounding both issues of display and the prospective relationships between 2D and 3D painted works are also an area of current investigation. More of Sarah’s work is available to view on her website.

Sarah is a member of the Pattern and Chaos group of collaborative, interactive and networking designers, artists, theorists and innovators in education, all of whom are based at Norwich University of the Arts.

Solo Exhibitions  

  • 2014: Remnants, Aldeburgh LOOKOUT, Suffolk, UK
  • 2012: Temporary Surfaces, duo-show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
  • 2012: Recline, LEDGE, London
  • 2011: Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Italy
  • 2010: Everyone’s looking at ME, KUBE, Poole

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2015:  East/West, IMPACT 9 International Print Conference, The China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China
  • 2015: hundreds and thousands, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes, London
  • 2015: A5, Lubomirov-Easton, Platform Projects @ Art-Athina, Athens, Greece
  • 2014: The Trouble with Painting Today, Pump House Gallery, London
  • 2014: Contemporary British Painting, The Crypt St Marylebone, London
  • 2014: a-n The Artists’ Information Co. Re:View Bursary Award to support practice-based research
  • 2014: Saloney, Embassy Gallery Members’ show, Edinburgh
  • 2013:  Print, Woburn Centre, UCL, London
  • 2013: Sluice 2013, Bermondsey, London
  • 2013: Q-Art, APT Gallery, London
  • 2013: Fringe Arts Bath, Officers Club, Bath
  • 2013: Anonymous Drawing, Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
  • 2013: Aniamamus: A Living Gallery, Coohaus, Chelsea, New York, USA
  • 2012:  Crash Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
  • 2012:  LDN/BCN, Untitled Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2012:  Angelika Open, High Wycombe
  • 2012:  The Hearing Trumpet,The Edward James Foundation – West Dean
  • 2012:  Bite Artists making prints, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2012:  WW Solo Award Group, London
  • 2012:  ALAS Residency Exhibition, Matt Roberts Arts, London
  • 2011: Auction Room, Globe Gallery, Newcastle
  • 2011: Core gallery in conjunction with the Deptford X Visual Arts Festival, London
  • 2010: A Tender Cut, Fold Gallery, London
  • 2010: FringeMK Annual Painting Prize, Milton Keynes
  • 2010: Print Now, Bearspace, London. Toured to London Art Fair 2010, Art Projects
  • 2009: Sold Out, Globe City Gallery, Newcastle
  • 2009: If it’s HOT, it’s HERE, Annuale, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 2009: I.R.P goes Live, Southwark Playhouse
  • 2007:  Paper works? Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London
  • 2006: Bounty, Globe Gallery, Newcastle

Other Activities

  • 2015: Research Paper, ‘How to teach painting to students who already think they know what painting is?’ at ‘Teaching Painting’, October 2015, Manchester School of Art in partnership with the Whitworth Gallery
  • Since 2013: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy     
  • Since 2011: Member of the Institute For Learning


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