Sarah Macdonald

Born 1977 London, Sarah Macdonald lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College (2000); and MFA Painting, Slade Schhol of Fine Art (2009).

Through her paintings and drawings, Macdonald layers pattern and image to build compositions. She is interested in the moment that a familiar everyday object slips into abstract form. She utilises templates, drop shadows, scale and gestural mark-making to challenge the presentation of space within the painting. The re-drawing and re-painting of shapes from observation and memory allows to rediscover spaces and form within pictorial space. References accumulate; ranging from 1940’s handwriting patterns, Scandinavian interior design, to motif in cinematography and literature; specifically contemporary feminist theory and Autofiction. For Macdonald, painting can both represent and question verisimilitude, it is the ultimate virtual plane. She wants her paintings to speak of the familiar and the unfamiliar, the monument and the everyday object.

Select solo exhibition include Going! Going! Gosh!, Show Home Gallery, London (2016). Select group exhibitions include Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London (2017 and 2019); Bulkhead Exchange, with Jamie George and Richard Scott, Tannery Projects, London (2016); Screen, Turps’ Banana Gallery, London (2015); Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London (2015); Tanlines, curated by Sarah Brown, Drawing Room, London (2014); Creekside Open, Selected by Dexter Dalwood, APT London (2011); Civil Twilight, Curated by Marcus Cope, B&N Gallery, London (2011); and Mr Mercer, Oriel Scyharth Gallery, Glyndwr University, Wrexham (2011). 

Awards include Honorary Research Associate for the Discourse Project for Post Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art (2015/16); and selection by Alison Wilding for the Creekside Open (2017).

Last updated: 23.04.2021

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