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b. 1974, Ireland

Sarah Dwyer Biography

Historically imbued portraits reveal traces of memory and fragments of found imagery, resulting in unpredictable forms and mark-making. Possessing elements of both figuration and abstraction they are a result of an intimate relationship between the act of painting, the unconscious and intuition. An internal dialogue plays out resulting in an uncertain psychological narrative. Reduction and erasure play as much a part as application and layer; her line meanders over quick, loose gestures and refined shapes, which are both whimsical and ephemeral. Canvases are worked and reworked, retaining something of the paintings past, building up multiple layers of paint in some areas while others reveal raw linen. Dwyer’s work is the result of a winding, dynamic process of translation. The artist also draws on mythology, literature, newspaper clippings, and folklore to create her unique and dynamic memory paintings.

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Sarah Dwyer (b. 1974, Ireland) earned a Master’s in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2004 after an MFA from Straffordshire University in 2001. Solo exhibitions include Josh Lilley Gallery, London; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Kybidou Gallery, Tokyo. Dwyer lives and works in London. Recent group shows include I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn... - Dorothy Parker, Lombard Freid Gallery, NY, New Order: British Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London and Fade Away (Touring exhibition), Transition Gallery, London.

Text courtesy Jane Lombard Gallery.

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Drawn Together, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (12 November–18 December 2021). Courtesy Jane Lombard Gallery.

Sarah Dwyer Featured Artworks

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Retador by Sarah Dwyer contemporary artwork works on paper
Sarah DwyerRetador, 2019Watercolour, pastel and charcoal on paper
56.5 x 38 cm
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Mama Khawula by Sarah Dwyer contemporary artwork works on paper
Sarah DwyerMama Khawula, 2019Watercolour, pastel and charcoal on paper
56 x 38 cm
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Owlpen Field by Sarah Dwyer contemporary artwork painting
Sarah DwyerOwlpen Field, 2019Oil on linen
130.2 x 101 cm
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Tatterdemalion by Sarah Dwyer contemporary artwork works on paper
Sarah DwyerTatterdemalion, 2019Unique intaglio etching, charcoal, pastel and watercolour on Somerset Watercolour Paper
82.6 x 62.9 cm
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Orcus by Sarah Dwyer contemporary artwork works on paper
Sarah DwyerOrcus, 2019Unique intaglio etching, charcoal, pastel and watercolour on Somerset Watercolour Paper
75.5 x 56.5 cm
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Palanquin by Sarah Dwyer contemporary artwork painting
Sarah DwyerPalanquin, 2017Oil on linen
51.18 x 39.37 inches
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Long Sole Sound by Sarah Dwyer contemporary artwork painting
Sarah DwyerLong Sole Sound, 2017Oil on linen
73.23 x 51.97 inches
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Ersilia by Sarah Dwyer contemporary artwork painting
Sarah DwyerErsilia, 2017Oil on linen
24.02 x 22.05 inches
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Sarah Dwyer Current & Recent Exhibitions

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