Sarah Emily Porter
About Sarah Emily Porter
1985, London, UK. Lives and works in London. Sarah Emily Porter studied Architectural History at Durham University (2005-2008) before later attending Chelsea College of Arts, London to complete a Graduate Diploma in Fine Art in 2016. She is a visual artist who explores colour and the historical context of painting. By gaining an in-depth understanding of the chemical properties of paint, she has been able to challenge the rules of painting to create artwork that is a collaboration between her own desires and the unpredictable tendencies of her materials. With modernist ideas at the forefront of her work, she has created her own innovative painting tools which pour and manipulate paint on tilting wooden structures. By using unconventional painting processes she creates a dialogue between art and science as the paint ebbs and flows in a single linear stroke under the force of gravity. This process removes the artist from the gesture and emotion of painting, highlighting instead the complexity of colour, the intricacies of the materials, and the process of application. Inspired by architecture, interior design and geometry, she creates digital sketches to map carefully considered mathematical systems and orders which form a framework for the production of her paintings. This summer she was the visiting artist at the NLCS Jeju Arts Festival in South Korea and recently won, in collaboration with James Trundle, The Richard Seager Annual Arts Award 2019 and The London Festival of Architecture 2019 City Benches Competition. In 2018 she won the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, was awarded a Project Residency at the Griffin Gallery and was shortlisted for the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize and Signature Art Prize. In 2016 she was shortlisted for The Annex Collection Acquisition Award. She has work in collections across the world and has exhibited internationally.