Sarah Spencer studied painting at Camberwell School of Art and gained a Scholarship from The Arts Club for postgraduate study at the Royal Academy Painting Schools.
Her work is held in public and private collections at home and abroad, and she is currently preparing for her eleventh solo exhibition in London at the Russell Gallery. She was elected as a member of the New English Art Club in 2005 and is a member of the Federation of British Artists.
She has received major national and international awards for her work and has exhibited with the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award, the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and is a regular exhibitor at the Mall Galleries. In 2013 she was awarded the NEAC Painter-Stainer prize, and in 2011 was selected for inclusion as “one of ‘Britain’s most eminent contemporary figurative artists” in the ‘Pure Gold’ exhibition celebrating the Federation of British Artists’ 50th anniversary.
Scholarships, Awards, Prizes
|2013||Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainer prize at the New English Art Club|
|2006||Elected Member of the New English Art Club|
|1995||Elizabeth Greenshield Commonwealth Major Award For Painting|
|1993||Direct Support Arts Grant, South East Arts Council|
|1991||Haite Travel Scholarship|
|1991||Duff Greet Drawing Prize|
|1991||Creswick Landscape Prize|
|1989||The Arts Clubs Scholarship|
|1989||David Murray Landscape Scholarship|
|1988||Gordon Macara Prize for Excellence|
|1986||WS Vellum Drawing Prize|
|2015||The Russell Gallery|
|2013||The Russell Gallery|
|2008||The Russell Gallery|
|2006||Saatchi Gallery / Your Gallery|
|2006||The Russell Gallery|
|2004||New Grafton Gallery|
|2002||New Grafton Gallery|
|1997||Offer Waterman Fine Art|
|1994||New Grafton Gallery|
|1993||Waterman’s Fine Art, London|
|1992||New Grafton Gallery, London|
Selected Mixed Exhibitions
|2017||The Fosse Gallery|
|2017||Women in Art, Burgh House, Hampstead|
|2017||The Mall galleries, New English Exhibition|
|2017||Hampstead Art Fair|
|2017||Linden Hall Studios Gallery|
|2017||Seascape, Skyscape and the Colour Blue at The Sentinel Gallery|
|2016||The Geedon Gallery|
|2016||Hampstead Art Fair|
|2016||New English Art Club Open, London|
|2016||Russell Gallery Summer and Winter Exhibitions|
|2015||London Contemporary Art Fair 2015|
|2015||New English Art Club Open, Mall Galleries|
|2015||Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries|
|2015||Piers Feetham Gallery: Small Paintings Group|
|2015||The Small Self Portrait Exhibition at Hogarth’s House|
|2014||Lynn Painter-Stainer Exhibition at the Mall Galleries|
|2014||Osbourne Studio Gallery ‘Sea and Land’ Exhibition|
|2013||Tenth Anniversary Exhibition The Russell Gallery|
|2012||Bankside Gallery, London|
|2012||The Russell Gallery group exhibition|
|2011||PURE GOLD : FBA selected exhibitor|
|2010||Cheltenham Martins Gallery|
|2010||Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market|
|2009||Turner Contemporary ‘Generate’ Exhibition and Project|
|2009||20/21st Century International Art Fair, Royal College|
|2007||Country Living Fair|
|2007||A Gallery, Wimbledon|
|2006||Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, Mall Galleries|
|2006||National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Exhibition|
|2005||Art London, Chelsea|
|2004||New Grafton Portrait Exhibition|
|2003||Jenny Granger Gallery|
|1998||Bank Street Gallery Three Person Show|
|1996||A New Beginning, Park Walk Gallery|
|1996||Chelsea Arts Fair, Royal College of Art|
|1995||Ten British Painters, Waterman’s Fine Art|
|1995||Artists of Today and Tomorrow, New Grafton Gallery|
|1995||Thompson’s Gallery Drawing Show|
|1995||Waterman’s Fine Art|
|1993||Long and Ryle Gallery|
|1992||Critics’ Show, Cooling Gallery|
|1991||Painting Today Show, Bonham’s Fine Art|
|1991||A View of the New, Royal Overseas League|
|1991||Discerning Eye Exhibition|
|1991||Royal Academy Summer Show|
|1991||New English Arts Club|
|1990||Royal Institute of Oil Painters|
|1990||Hunting Group Show FBA|
‘500 Portraits’ 2011, National Portrait Gallery Publications ISBN 978 1 85514 448 4
‘Pure Gold’ 2010 FBA Publications ISBN 978 0 9560219 3 9
‘Who’s Who in Art: Biographies of Leading Men and Women in the World of Art Today ’ Editions 1997 -2015 Charles Baile de Lapierriere ISBN 13: 978-0904722413
|2015||Artist and Illustrators Magazine: ‘My Studio’ feature by Steve Pill|
|2012||Country Living Magazine ‘Sarah Spencer: A Sense of Style’ by Corinna Kitchen|
|2008||Art in London|
|2005||BBC Homes and Antiques|
|2005||The Daily Telegraph ‘Family’ section, Sarah Lonsdale|
|1998||House and Garden|
|1997||Financial Times ‘At the Dealers’ Georgina Adam|
|1994||Art Review ‘Poetic Vision’ by David Wolfers|
|1992||The Times: ‘Picking out the Plums’ John Russell Taylor review|
|1992||Robert Harris in ‘Around the Galleries feature:|
|1992||Exhibitions Diary, Country Life|
|1991||Daily Mail 1991 ‘Class Portrait’ Madelaine Harper|
Sarah Lonsdale, Columnist, Sunday Telegraph, 2013
I gave my husband a painting by Sarah Spencer for his fiftieth birthday a few years ago – one of those cunning presents that the giver enjoys as much as the receiver. At first sight a rather sombre study of grey skies above Whitstable beach, it produces different effects throughout the day. Depending on the weather outside, sometimes it threatens a violent rain storm and other times it promises clear, calm skies after the squall has passed.
Sarah Spencer’s exquisite studies of sea- and sky-scapes embody opposing, yet complementary emotions. Joyous celebrations of light as it sparkles off water or streams through clouds, her paintings are also evocative expressions of a certain contemplative mood, like that of the solitary walker who comes across an empty beach above which ominous storm clouds broil, or, following a summer shower, promises sweet, damp delights.
Yet it is the restrained and unsentimental response to what she sees that makes Sarah such a powerful painter. Whether in a vast East Anglian sky or an intimate close-up of a child or still-life, her muted palette and precise layering of tones and glazes produce a unique combination of delicacy and control.
Sarah’s tenth solo show has been eagerly awaited by collectors of her work, both private and public and which include the art critic Brian Sewell, and prominent writers and actors. Having exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and New English Art Club at the Mall Galleries, Sarah is now firmly established, in the words of artist and critic William Packer, as one of ‘Britain’s most eminent contemporary figurative artists.
Daily Telegraph 5th November 2005 – ´Around the Galleries´ by Robert Harris
…Sarah Spencer captures the mature quality of an old Master in paintings that reveal a gift for bringing to life a scene that might be thought featureless.
The Independent, 28th June 1999
David Wolfers has an eye for young talent, especially that emanating from the Royal Academy Schools, as shown in his exhibition of paintings and drawings by Sarah Spencer. Sarah Spencer captures the mature quality of an Old Master.
House & Garden, January 1998 – ‘Inside Outside’
…Trained at the Camberwell School of Art, Sarah has exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and her work is held both in private and national collections. Nowadays, she lives by the sea and her paintings, which have a sensitive and mature quality, reflect the influences of such surroundings.
The Week, October 1995 – ‘Ten British Artists at Waterman’s Fine Art’
…another Waterman high-flier is Sarah Spencer who specializes in small seascapes of Whitstable .
Waterman’s young artist tempers the traditional with her own individual talent and offers a convincing alternative to dead sheep.
The Times 1994 – ‘Picking out the Plums’
Featured artist in the article ´Picking out the Plums at the Royal Academy Summer Show: Sarah Spencer´s tiny exquisite oils in muted tones of blue and grey are always in demand
Country Life April 1993
This is the second one woman show by Sarah Spencer. Her work has a maturity and restraint which belie her age.
Mail on Sunday 1992
Art writer Edward Lucie – Smith chose five artists he believes will have a particular impact on British art of the future: Sarah Spencer´s paintings are very elegant and rather lovely in the old St. Ives tradition. They are curiously old-fashioned but very sophisticated. This artist’s work is by far the most delicate.