Sal is a contemporary figurative painter working in oils. Her paintings are about the human condition, our weaknesses and strengths, our emotional turmoil and contradictions; portrayed through the depiction of fictional subjects influenced by film and popular culture. Narratives are not necessarily explicit, inviting the viewer to invent and connect with the subjects.
Sal has a BA Hons in Fine Art and a PGCE in Art & Design. She is a freelance Artist, Museum educator and exam board Assessment Associate. Sal has exhibited widely in London and the UK, in selected and solo shows. Works are held in private collections in the UK and internationally.
"My oil paintings are figurative, expressive and take the form of portraiture, although I consider them a different take on the genre. I use photographic source imagery as starting points for paintings, collecting and manipulating and finally selecting those that resonate with me on some level. I use the paint to draw directly on the canvas then build up layers from washes to more gestural mark making, often combining brushwork with palette knife. I invent colour palettes and marks that are emotive to the subject, experimenting with textures and techniques and using different tools to apply the paint.
I work on both large and small scales; the size and surface I am working on also dictate the processes used; it is an intuitive approach, both fascinating and challenging in equal amounts. I find painting a visual way to comment on contemporary life. The sources I select reference the cross-over between the fictional and the real in a society where the two appear to have become ever-more confused."
Recent selected and invited exhibitions include:
2022: A Room of her Own, Irving Contemporary, Oxford
2022: Royal Cambrian Academy Open Exhibition, Conwy, Wales
2022: Feren's Open, Feren's Public Art Gallery, Hull
2022: Give Me Love, The Lido Stores, Margate
2022: Winter Exhibition, Kingsgate Project Space, London
2021: Fronteer Gallery Open exhibition, Sheffield
2021: No Time Like The Present, Solo Show at Hampstead Garden Gallery, London
2021: Southwark Park Galleries Open exhibition
2021: Bath Society of Artists 116th open exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
2021: Set In Stone, 44AD gallery, Bath
2021: The Marks We Make, the Curator's Salon
2021: This Volatile State, the House of Smalls, Swindon
2020: Self, Cultivate, London
2020: ING The Discerning Eye exhibition
2020: Society of Women Artists Open
2020: Bath Society Open
2020: RBSA Open
2020: The Feren's Open
Sal was one of 21 visual women artists invited to produce new work for 'Dear Christine', an arts council funded touring exhibition in tribute to Christine Keeler (the exhibition toured during 2019 – 2020 to Newcastle, Swansea and London).
A solo show with Hampstead Garden Gallery is scheduled for Sept - Oct 2021.