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.
Sarah Dwyer (b. 1974, Ireland) earned a Master’s in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2004 after an MFA from Staffordshire University in 2001. Dwyer lives and works in London. Recent shows include, Tink, Out There Out Where, Boston Manor House, London, The John Moores Painting Prize, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, New Order; British Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London, I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn... - Dorothy Parker, Jane Lombard Gallery.