Sarah PurveyImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Studio, Calne, Wiltshire, England, .
Email:
Web-site: www.sarahpurvey.com
Availability: open by appointment only
Joined on: 2008-07-10
Last Updated: 2019-03-06

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

"Sarah Purvey’ creates powerful, sculptural ceramics which combine monumentality and subtlety to unique effect. Her explorations of form, tonality and the possibilities of clay resolve themselves in large, engaging and instinctive vessels. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to have recently acquired ‘Witnessed’ to join our permanent collection of modern British art.

This work encapsulates Purvey’s increasingly confident use of mark making to create ceramics which nod strongly towards Purvey’s drawing practice. It also shows her ability to create vessels with commanding gallery presence and a subtlety that invites multiple viewings." December 2016"
- Curator of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery: Sophie Cummings

BIOGRAPHY
Sarah Purvey has had solo exhibitions in St Ives, Amsterdam and Bath and has shown widely in group exhibitions including New York and London. Purvey's work featured in the Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2012, The Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries London and The Bath Society of Artists at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. Her work is represented by galleries both nationally and internationally.

Current Work

Current Work

 The energy of landscape informs my ceramic, its influence echoed rhythmically in the marks drawn, painted and scribed directly into each form.

The creative process for me is intuitive and responsive resulting in the creation of ceramic which both reflects and shares a very personal and emotional sense of belonging with my surrounding landscape.

Work Generally available from:
- Cabin-Morris Gallery, Chelsea, New York. www.cavinmorris.com/
- Katherine House Gallery, Marlborough, Wiltshire. www.katharinehousegallery.co.uk/
- New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall www.newcraftsmanstives.com/

 

Background History

Background History

2008- 2009   MA Ceramics, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University
1988- 1991   BA  Ceramics, Bath College of  Higher Education
1986-1988    BTEC Ceramics, Plymouth College of Art and Design

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

2019 This Womans Work, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, January
2019 Gifted, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Swindon, January
2019 London Art Fair with Askew Art London, January

2018 Bils & Rye, Animal, November
2018 Blackmore Gallery, Past,Present & Future November
2018 Soden Collection, Winter Exhibition November
2018 Awarded First Prize Ceramic Art/Applied ceramics category Baby Forest
2018 London Art Fair with Askew Art, London January
2018 'Surface' Heritage Courtyard Gallery, Wells, March

2017 Pound Arts Open Exhibition, Corsham, November 'First Prize Award'
2017 RWA 165th Open Exhibition, Bristol, September
2017 This Is What Clay Can do:A Meditation, Cavin-Morris Gallery New York, June
2017 Bath Society of Artists Summer Exhibition, Bath, May
2017 'Ground' , Andelli Art, Wells, March
2017 London Art Fair, with Edgar Modern January

2016 Edgar Modern, Bath, Carl Melegari exhibition October
2016 Affordable Art Fair Battersea,London, REN Fine Art October
2016 RWA 164 Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, October
2016 'From Where I'm Standing' Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, September
2016 'Earth Skin' Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, September
2016 Denise Yapp Contemporary, Monmouth, June
2016 Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington MD, June
2016 Highgate Gallery, London, June
2016 Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, May
2016 Suspended Fruit, C4RD Centre for Recent Drawing, London, March
2016 Women in Art, Wall Projects 1, Montrose, Scotland, March
2016 McAllister Thomas Fine Art, Godalming, Surrey, March
2016 Inside Out - Bursary Exhibition, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire, January

2015- Solo Show ‘Hallowed Ground’ David Simon Contemporary Bath, November
2015- Sculpture For Furniture, Salisbury Arts Centre, September
2015- Cavin-Morris Gallery NYC, ‘Enflamed’ June
2015- Bath Society of Artists 110th Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, June
2015- Wine Street Gallery, Wiltshire, ‘Land Tracks’ June
2015- Robert Fogell Gallery. Stamford ‘Still life & ceramics’, June
2015- Rize Art Gallery Amsterdam, March
2015- Flux Exhibition-Gray’s Art Gallery, London February
2015- David Simon Contemporary, Bath 'Small Works' January

2014- Rize Art Gallery, Amsterdam, November
2014 Medici Gallery, Contemporary Sculpture, Cork Street,London November
2014 Cavin-Morris Gallery,Elementals: Women Sculpting Animism New York, November
2014 David Simon Contemporary Gallery, Field Of Vision, October
2014 Denise Yapp Contemporary Gallery, September
2014 Summer Exhibition Medici Gallery, July
2014 SWA Mall Gallery London, June
2014 Medici Gallery, Cork Street, April
2014 Cavin-Morris Gallery New York, March
2014 Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Bowlish Gallery, March

2013 Hardy House Gallery, December
2013 Panzer Trotman Fine Art, November
2013 Wine Street Gallery, November
2013 Denise Yapp Contemporary Art Gallery, October
2013 Hatfield House-Art In Clay, July
2013 Bath Abbey Hospitality, June
2013 The Russell Cotes Museum with The Arthouse Gallery, June
2012-2013 The Quest Gallery, Bath (December - January)
2012 October- Bircham Gallery Norfolk Autumn Show
2012 October- Solo Show Sara Preisler Gallery
2012 October- Cork Street, Gallery 28 with Katharine House Gallery
2012 September- Threadneedle Prize Exhibition
2012 July Art In Clay Hatfield
2012 May Devon Guild members show
2012 May Larkhall, Bath with Ione Parkin RWA
2012 January Calne Artists group show

2011 September The Cartshed Gallery, Shaftesbury
2011 September  Ceramics- Nine Artists at Corsham, Corsham Court Gallery BSU
2011 August  Selected to show at Art in Clay Hatfield House
2011 May  Selected to Open Show at Black Swan Frome
2011 April  Bowood House, Wiltshire, Group Show Calne Artists

2010 November, Gallery 27 Cork Street with the Katharine House Gallery
2010 October Calne Arts Festival Group Show
2010 September Work now available at the Katherine House Gallery in Marlbrough
2010 September Bradford on Avon Arts Festival - Sculpture Garden - 'Tribe'
2010 August  Selected as Guest Potter at Potters- Clifton, Bristol
2010 June  Group Show, Calne Artists, Heritage Centre Calne
2010 June  Work selected for Bovey Tracey Craft Fair WPA Marquee
2010 May Work selected for group show, Central Gallery Malvern
2010 March Work selected for Duchy Show Princetown, Devon WPA
2010 March  Solo Show - Landscape, Basement Gallery, Corsham Court 

2009 November  Milsom Place, Bath
2009 October  Selected Open Show, The Pound Art Centre, Corsham
2009 October Calne Arts Festival
2009 September  MA Degree Show  
2008 November  Selected Open Show, The Pound Art Centre Corsham
2008 October  Group Show Marden House Calne

Articles and Publications

Articles and Publications

2016 - Ceramic Review Issue 282 Fresh Space Article
2016 - From Where I'm Standing: Catalogue Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
2016 - Sculpture For Furniture, Michael Pennie

2015 - Inspirational Magazine- Feature John Hopper
2014 - Palette Pages interview- Lisa Gray
2013 - Ceramic Review Bath Abbey Hospitality Show Review by Ian Wilson
2013 - New Ceramics: Sculpting and Hand Building by Claire Loder (A&C Black), June
2012 - Aspect Magazine, Front Cover Image, Ecclesiastical Annual Art & Heritage Review

2011 - Museum of International Ceramics (Mic) Faenza, Italy September
(Images featured in a presentation given by Mirco Denicolo
2011 - Ceramic Review Image Featured March)
2011 - Wiltshire Life Article Featured February

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Bath Spa University- MA Ceramics Seminar April 2011
Guest Speaker- Contemporary Context

Awards

Awards

First Prize Awarded by the panel at the Corsham Pound Arts Open October 2010

Collections and Commissions:

Collections and Commissions:

Collections:
The Art Collection- Corsham Court Centre September 2010
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
Michael Portillo
Private collections in USA, Japan & Europe


Commissions:
Commission received to design and build with the children of Derry Hill Primary School in Wiltshire a ceramic sculpture to stand within the school playground commencing February 2010.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Handbuilt
Vessel
Sculptural