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Sandra Porter

Appreciation for Sandra Porter RWA
From: Sandra Porter – Museum in the Park – Arts Council Lottery funded exhibition.

‘Inspired by architectural structures, Sandra Porter has consistently sought out those that correlate to her enduring aesthetic. The initial starting point for this project, corrugated iron dwellings found on the Isle of Skye, fulfilled her pictorial fascination with flat planes, shallow form, linear rhythm, lapped edges, layered surfaces and apertures. Exploring playful visual connections and the formal properties of these points of reference, the sheer enjoyment of Sandra Porter’s work in piecing together a constructed world – layered, lapped, abutted, conjoined – is apparent. The ebb and flow of her creative process is perceptible, from experimental drawings to the construction of the extended landscape format prints and large paintings. Made resolutely in panels, sections and segments, this act of conjoining and piecing together the parts would seem not just a literal but a metaphoric act of making a new whole; a measured and purposeful restoration of equilibrium and balance. Their bold contrast, nuanced shift and change in colour, light, mark, shape, form and surface all serve to form a palimpsest of histories, inscribed through crayon, ink and paint.’

Professor Anita Taylor, Artist and founding Director of Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize & Drawing Projects UK, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.


Education

2000-2003 Cert Ed. University of Bath.

1980-1981 MA Painting. Chelsea School of Art.

1976-1980 BA (Hons) Fine Art. Stourbridge College of Art, West Midlands.

1975-1976 Art & Design Foundation Course.

 

Employment

1983-2012 Teacher and Lecturer in Schools, Colleges and Universities, London and the Regions .

 

 


Forthcoming

2024.

The Kenny Gallery at RWA Bristol, 'Gentle Geometry', Tim Harrisson, Denny Long, Sandra Porter and Carol Robertson. Curated by Sandra Porter.

 

 


Major and Solo Exhibitions

2023

Wells Cathedral, The Chapter House
The Whittox Gallery, Frome

2022

Shatwell Farm, Yarlington, Somerset

2019

Black Swan Arts, Frome

2018

Stroud Museum in the Park, Glos. New Paintings, Prints and Drawings.

Kobi & Teal, Frome

2017

University of Pelotas, Centre de Arte, Brazil, Prints.

2016

Dauntseys Gallery, Wiltshire. Survey of recent prints

Bruton Art Factory, Somerset. Paintings and Prints

Royal West of England Academy, shortlisted Academician Candidates Show.

Impress Festival, Gloucestershire.

Studio Show, Norton St Philip, with Sculpture by Mel Day.

2015

Quercus Gallery, Bath, Bothan Prints and Paintings.

The Shed Gallery, Bath, with Carole Waller

2014

Circle Bath Hospital, Bath. Retrospective of Paintings from 1990-94.

Ex Libris, Centre de Gravure de Ceret, France. Residency Exhibition.

Studio Show, Norton St Philip, Paintings, Prints with Sculpture by Jo Taylor

2013

Installation of Paintings at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Kingston Deverill.

The Barn Gallery, Kington Langley.

Impress Festival, Stroud, Gloucestershire. New prints.

2010

Ale & Porter Gallery, Bradford on Avon, Prints and Drawings.

2008

Bradford on Avon Festival show. Paintings and Prints

2007

West Barn, Bradford on Avon. Paintings.

Morgan Boyce Gallery, Marlborough. Paintings and Prints.

2002

25 Silver St Gallery, Bradford on Avon. Paintings and Prints.

1997

36 Broadway Market, London, Paintings.

1996

Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset. Paintings and Prints.

1992

The Eagle Gallery, London. Paintings and Prints.

1991

James Hockey Gallery Farnham, Paintings.

Centre 181 Gallery, London. Paintings.

1985

Advanced Graphics Gallery, London. Paintings.

 

 


Selected Group Exhibitions

2023

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

2022

Wells Contemporary
Wells Cathedral, Somerset

2022

Bath Society of Artists
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

2017 - 2021

RWA Bristol

2020

Derwent Art Prize
Wells Contemporary, RWA Autumn Open

2020

London Art Fair
Business Design Centre with The Drawing Works

2019

By Beck Road 19
Open House London

2019

Westmorland Landscape Prize
Reghed Cantre, Penrith

2019

Bath Society Show Victoria Art Gallery
FIRST PRIZE

2019

Wells Contemporary (WAC awards)

2018/19

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

2018

RWA Autumn Open, Bristol.

Bath Society Show, Victoria Art Gallery.

Beaumont Gallery, Wiltshire.

2017

Teeside Print Prize, Commended.

Drawing projects UK

Kobi & Teal, Frome, Somerset.

Drawn, RWA, Bristol

3rd International Print Biennal, Belgrade.

2016

In The Brut Midwinter, Bruton Art factory.

Royal Academy Summer Show, London.

Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London.

Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.

Manhattan Graphics Centre, New York City.

Evolver prize, Black Swan Art Gallery, Frome.

Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.

Bruton Art Factory Summer Show, Bruton, Somerset.

2015

Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge

‘Abstraction’, Andelli Art, Wells.

Bruton Art Factory Open, Somerset.

‘Without Borders’ Stroud Museum

Inprint Festival, Hull. Commended for excellence.

Subject of Terry Hewlett’s Photography at Corsham Art Centre.

2014

Quercus Christmas, Bath.

Black Swan Open, Frome, Somerset.

International Print Center & Christie’s New York Spring Exhibitions.

Neoprints Prize 2014, Bolton.

Contemporary Print, Quercus, Gallery, Bath.

International Print Center New York Autumn Auction.

Quest Gallery, Bath, Prints.

Open Print, Salisbury Art Centre.

‘LOST’, Paintings from 1984. OPEN PRINT, Salisbury Art Centre.

Gloucestershire Printmakers Gallery, Mini Print Exhibition.

2013

Gloucestershire Printmakers, Ceret, France.

Impress Festival, Stroud. Gloucestershire Printmakers.

Gloucestershire Printmakers Gallery, Small Prints.

Brewery Gallery, Norton St Philip. Prints from Sandra Porter Studio.

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Penzance, Prints and Drawings.

Bath Society of Artists at Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.

Open Spaces, Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire.

2012

BITE, Print exhibition. Mall Galleries, London.

Bankside Gallery. Royal Society of Printmakers Open Print Exhibition.

Quest Gallery, Bath, Prints.

2010

RWA, Bristol, Autumn Open Exhibitions. 2010-17

Open Print Cornwall, Falmouth and Penzance Exchange.

2009

RWA Bristol, Open Print.

2008

Morgan Boyce Gallery, Marlborough. Prints.

2001

Six Chapel Row, Bath, Prints and Paintings.

2000

RWA Bristol, Open Print Exhibitions 2000-04

1996, 97, 99

Morley Gallery London, Print Exhibitions.1996, 1997 and 1999

1995

The Eagle Gallery London, Paint to Print.

1989

WASL 1990 Diary Exhibition Fulham Palace (Front Cover of the diary).

Flowers East Print Show. Studio Exhibition Beck Road.

1987

Royal Festival Hall London Printmakers Council Open.

1987 - 1990 TOUR

Curwen Gallery, London, Plymouth Art Centre, Worcester City Art Gallery, Oriel Theatre,
Clwyd, Wrexham, Hereford, Cirencester Workshops & Derby City Art Gallery,
Black & White Lino Prints from Rouge Press on tour.

1985

The Showroom, Bethnal Green.

1984

Curwen Gallery, London. Paintings and Drawings 1984-85

The Showroom, Bethnal Green.

 

 


Collections

Private and Public Collections include:

Arther Anderson, Lamington Group, Angela Flowers, Drawing Matter, The Government Art Collection, Hammersmith Council,
RWA Bristol, University of Pelotas, Brazil, University of Bath, and the Tate and V & A Libraries.
Drawings and Prints available from Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough; Kobi & Teal, Frome, and Andelli Art, Wells.

 

 


Awards

2021. Arts Council Studio Grant

2019. First Prize, Bath Society Annual, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

2017. Iona Stichting, Amsterdam, exhibition award

2017.Lottery funded Arts Council England Award

1983. Arts Council England Studio Grant

 

 


Memberships

Royal West of England Academician since 2017

Member of The Bath Society of Artists since 2016

Associate Member of Gloucestershire Print Cooperative since 2012.

Programming Committee Black Swan Gallery, Frome since 2015

 

 


Publications

2023 . Drawing Matter. An artist browsing the collection

2018 . Sandra Porter, Catalogue Stroud Museum

2004 . Grids and Grilles. Artist’s book, Ed of 50.

1991 . Sandra Porter Drawings 1983-1990 Edition of 60
           Produced by Els Ter Horst Amsterdam. Publ. by James Hockey Gallery.

1987 . Black & White from Rouge Press; Portfolio of Lino-prints, Ed of 50.

 

 


Bibliography

2022 . A Century in Print 1920 - 2020, The Golder-Thompson Gift.

2018 . Sandra Porter. Catalogue with intro by Anita Taylor and Essay by Mike Tooley.

2018 . Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism, RWA Bristol

2016 . IMPRESS 16

2015 . Evolver Magazine, preview by Fiona Robinson (Illus).

2014 . L’independent, Ceret, review.

2014 . L’echo Du Roussillon, Review (Illus)

2014 . LOST Catalogue, (Illus. Article) Salisbury Art Centre

2014 . The Bath Magazine, (Illus).

2013 . Pressgang article, Somerset Standard. (Illus).

2008 . Government Art Collection Catalogue.

2007 . Wiltshire and Devizes News, Review.

2007 . Wiltshire Life, (Illus).

2007 . The Bath Magazine, (Illus).

2006 . Wiltshire Times, article.

2004 . Printmaking Today Summer 2004 (Illus).

2002 . Wiltshire Times, review, Ale & Porter (Illus)

2000 . Bath Chronicle, by Helen Elias (Illus)

1995 . Taunton Gazette Jan 95 Lionel Phillips Review.

1995 . RISK Magazine Feb 1995 Front Cover (Illus).

1992 . City Limits Issue 541 Art Reviews (Illus).

1991 . Modern Painters March 1991 Gallery Page (Illus).

1991 . The Guardian 27 Feb 1991 Sacha Craddock, Critic’s Choice.

1991 . Women’s Art Mar/Apr 1991 Meg Campbell Review.

1991 . Women’s Art May/Jun 1991 Pauline Barrie Book Review.

1991 . Stephen Foster, Colour Catalogue Published by James Hockey Gallery.

1990 . The Wapping Art Show (Illus)

1990 . The Women Artists Diary 1990 Front Cover (Illus).

1988 . Pauline Barrie, Cat. Works from Rouge Press, Oriel Theatre Clwyd.