May 29, 2014

Sharon Drew - Open Studio - 15 Upper Walthamstow Rd

 Could you tell us about the work you will be showing during this year's E17 Art Trail?
I will be showing contemporary abstract paintings, monoprints, Giclee prints, as well as my source material - sketchbook drawings and watercolours from St Ives, Cornwall.

The West Cornish landscape is renown for its extraordinary light and colour and is a major influence on my work.  My paintings follow a long tradition of British colour-abstraction inspired by the land, sea and sky of the location.

My paintings and prints are available in a wide range of sizes, from large-scale canvases to small paintings on paper – including the series that has been selected for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

At our Open Studio Event there will also be Mark Sowden showing Photographs and Josh Berry showing Sculpture.

How have you been preparing for this year's trail?
Following last year’s solo show at Tokarska Gallery and two-person show at T5 Gallery, Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, I have been developing a new body of work.  Part of my plan has been to produce a more affordable series of Monoprints.  This type of print is made by a single impression and so each artwork is unique.  During the E17 Art Trail I will be holding a prize-draw competition for a FREE signed Monoprint.  Please visit my Open Studio Event (No.160 on the map) or see my website to enter.

Could you tell us about an an artist/ artwork that  particularly inspires you?
Two previous generation abstract painters are inspirational … American Abstract
Expressionist – Willem De Kooning for his gorgeous colour and sensuous, gestural application of paint and Patrick Heron - British painter from the St Ives School, again for his use of colour and also for his fascination with the Cornish coast.

How does inhabiting a community like Walthamstow help your practice? 
Walthamstow has an incredible artists network which has been hugely facilitated by the E17 Art Trail. Over the last 10 years it has provided a visible platform on which to show our work – to each other and to the public - and has given artists the chance to get to know each other and share knowledge and resources.

Do you have a personal highlight from the past 9 years of the E17 Art Trail?
Yes, I think it was the last Art Trail in 2012.  I went round the side of our house to open the gate for the beginning of our Open Studio and I was astonished to find a queue of people in our front garden!

What are you most looking forward to during the E17 Art Trail this year ?
Welcoming the new arrivals in the Stow to the fantastic arts scene we have here.  Also, of course, to the previous visitors and supporters who have helped make the E17 Art Trail become this extraordinary event. 

Listing no.160 in the guide: Click here for more information

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