profile
Sandra Porter

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

2014 - present CURATING at THE BLACK SWAN, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB

2017 - ELECTED to the ROYAL WEST OF ENGLAND ACADEMY


Education

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.

 

Commissions

1990 Painted Cube for Lionel Phillips Private Collector.

1991 Drawing for Birchfield Underpass for Public Arts Commissions.

 

Publications

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

1991 Sandra Porter Drawings 1983-1990 Edition of 60.

Produced by Els Ter Horst Amsterdam. Published by James Hockey Gallery.

2004 Grids and Grilles. Screen printed concertina book, Ed of 50.

 

Some Major and Solo Exhibitions

1991 James Hockey Gallery Farnham, Paintings. With Nicholas Dings.

1991 Centre 181 Gallery, Paintings. London.

1992 The Eagle Gallery, Paintings and Prints. London.

1996 Dillington House, Ilminster. Paintings and Prints. Somerset.

1997 36 Broadway Market London. Paintings. With Elizabeth De Monchaux.

2002 25 Silver St. Bradford on Avon. Paintings and Prints. 

2007 West Barn, Bradford on Avon. Paintings. With Kirsten Glasbrook.

2007 Morgan Boyce Gallery, Marlborough. Paintings and Prints. with Rachael Woodman.

2008 The Fat Fowl. Bradford on Avon Festival show. Paintings and Prints.

2010 Ale & Porter gallery, BOA. Prints and Drawings.

2012 Studio show.

2013 Impress Festival, Stroud. New prints with Jane Walker.

2014 Residency Exhibition, Ceret, France.

2014 Circle Bath, 14 Large paintings.

2015 Quercus Gallery, Bath, Paintings and Prints.

2016 Dauntseys School Gallery, Prints.

2018 Stroud Museum in the Park, Paintings, Prints and drawings.

Selected Group Exhibitions

1987 Royal Festival Hall London Printmakers Council Open.

1987-1990 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 & other Work on tour.

1989 Women Artist Slide Library, Fulham Palace, Diary (Cover) exhibition. 

1990 Flowers East Print Show. Studio Exhibition Beck Road.

1995 The Eagle Gallery London Paint to Print.

1996 Morley College London Print Exhibition.

1997 Morley Gallery London Print Exhibition.

1999 Morley College London Small Prints.

2000 RWA Bristol Print Triennale Exhibition.

2001 Six Chapel Row Bath Abstract Painting & Print.

2004 RWA Bristol Print Triennale Exhibition.

2008 Morgan Boyce Gallery, Marlborough. Prints.

2009 RWA Open Print 2009.

2009 Bath Spa University Staff show, BSU Gallery, Weston College, Print collages.

2010 A4 Print, Penryn and Exchange Penzance.

2012 Quest Gallery, Bath.

2012 RWA Autumn Exhibition.

2013 St Mary The Virgin, Wylye Valley. 

2013 Brewery Barn Gallery, Norton St Philip, Prints from Sandra Porter Print Studio.

2013 The Barn Gallery, Kington Langley.

2013 Gloucestershire Printmakers, Ceret, France.

2014 Quest Gallery, Bath, Prints.

2014 Studio Show, Norton St Philip.

2014 International Print Center, New York City.

2014 Christies, New York City.

2014 ‘LOST’ Salisbury Art Centre.

2014 NEOPRINTPRIZE 2104, Bolton.

2014 OPEN PRINT Salisbury Art Centre.

2014 Quercus Gallery, Bath, Contemporary Print.

2015 Gloucestershire Printmakers Gallery, Stroud.

2015 Alchemy, Stroud Museum.

2015 The Museum in the Park, Stroud, 'Without Borders' Prints. QUERCUS GALLERY 

2015 ROYAL WEST OF ENGLAND ACADEMY 'Candidates Show' 4th Oct - 29th Nov

2015 The Drawing Centre, Trowbridge, Drawings.

2016 QUERCUS GALLERY

2016 IMPRESS FESTIVAL

2016 BRUTON ART FACTORY

2016 MANHATTON GRAPHICS CENTRE

2016 ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER SHOW

2016 EVOLVER PRIZE

2016 SOMERSET ART WEEKS

2016 DERWENT ART PRIZE

2016 SUNDAY TIMES WATERCOLOUR EXHIBITION


 

 

 

About Sandra Porter's paintings.

"They are deeply rooted in the traditions of modernism – through constructivism, minimalism and abstract expressionism. And yet the sombre tones and architectonic forms summon up the mysteries of sacramental architecture and Renaissance preoccupations. They are held together with the thread of handwriting – tapestries of brushwork – and yet loom with the formal structures of half intelligible symbols."

Stephen Foster, Southampton City Art Gallery

* * * * * * * *

There is an apparent clarity to Sandra Porter's paintings but this is deceptive. Her canvases present to us examples of form conveyed in rich colours. She has developed a lexicon of motifs that are recognisably hers – the stripe, the grid, the semi-circle, the comma – yet the certainties of her work are repeatedly undermined. Things are not what they seem; her methods as a painter are complex and contradictory. Within the detail of her painting there is much devilment and ambiguity which gives the pictures depth and significance

Her work is unashamedly abstract, steeped in a deep understanding of constructivism, minimalism and abstract expressionism. Yet there are continual references to the Renaissance: in particular the paintings of Duccio and Simone Martini. Architecture has frequently provided an initial stimulus and usually on a grand scale; the twisting cupolas of St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, the Campo in Siena . Yet these influences are not used in a representational way, they are something to hang the paint on. Bold geometric shapes are located within fields of colour, the scumbled whirls of meticulously applied paint creating images that are at once both lucid and opaque.

Sandra Porter's continued fascination with the logical exploration of shape, form and the emotive world of colour has produced a body of work that is instantly recognisable and indisputably individual. Her paintings combine both logical and intuitive methods although we are never quite sure where one ends and the other begins.

Nick Sorensen