Rockstar favorite Sarah Shaw presents solo exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery

Sarah Shaw is bringing her retrospective solo exhibition ‘Diableries’ homecoming to the Huddersfield Art Gallery, a venue that holds special memories for her as a budding young artist.

Although now based in Brighton, Shaw grew up in Rastrick and studied at Huddersfield Foundation College before continuing his studies for a fine art degree in Falmouth.

Sarah said: ‘I studied at what was then the Brighouse Girls Grammar School and every day after school I would drink in the wonderful art in the gallery practically next door!

“When I studied in Huddersfield at Foundation College my routine changed to gaze in wonder at the treasures the Huddersfield Art Gallery had to offer.

“I spent many happy hours there, in these beautiful rooms, filled with other people’s imaginations, so you can imagine how excited and grateful I am to show my own paintings in the beautiful space of Unit 7 .”

Sarah has famous fans in the music world, her work is in private collections around the world, including those of Rolling Stones musician Ronnie Wood and Radiohead singer Thom Yorke.

His artwork also features on the cover of Daughter’s critically acclaimed 2016 album “Not to Disappear” and as the backdrop for the band’s concerts.

Sarah Shaw’s paintings oscillate between figuration and abstraction. This homecoming retrospective will mark her ninth solo exhibition since leaving art college, adding to more than 30 group exhibitions both at home and abroad.

The exhibition features works that have been made in response to the turmoil of recent years, including the first chance to see the Smokehouse series; a brand new body of work consisting of 23 Welsh slate paintings, made against the backdrop of ongoing crises at home and abroad, including the recent atrocities in Ukraine.

The exhibition is now open and free until Saturday June 18, 2022, Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2022 Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking is also running at the Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Created in 2009 by the West Yorkshire Print Workshop to champion printmakers working in Yorkshire, the Flourish Award now celebrates printmaking excellence across the UK.

With artists shortlisted from an open submission, Flourish showcases creativity, craftsmanship, originality and innovation in traditional hand-made printing: from raised and debossed printing to screen printing, lithography and more.

The work of shortlisted artists is currently on display at Unit 7 and will run until Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Both exhibitions are at the Huddersfield Art Gallery: Unit 7, The Piazza Shopping Centre, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2RS.

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