I gather inspiration through travel and visiting new places, drawn to domestic subject matter; complex interiors, markets and gardens. Whatever the medium I hope to capture the light and mood of places that I know intimately. It is as if by painting I am trying to hold onto a moment in time, the fleeting sparkle of sunlight on glass, light through dusty windows, the brilliance of velvet in a dark room, a long lost memory of a time or place suddenly reappearing. My paintings are tiny slivers of the life that surrounds me, documented before they disappear from view. Drawing, painting and creating images of the world around me are fundamental to my experience of life."
Born into a family with artistic roots, Sarah Wimperis began painting at a very early age. After studying Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art and graduating with a degree in Sculpture in 1981, Sarah began exhibiting her work and travelled the world, painting all the way. She spent some time living and teaching art in Norway and France before returning to the UK and settling back in Cornwall.
Sarah lives and works on the Helford. She has adapted a van into her own unique mobile studio that enables her to spend her time travelling, teaching and painting across the UK and Europe. Her work is painted en plein air in oils or watercolour, with larger work using plein air references and completed in her studio. She is a keen sketchbook keeper and has recently begun releasing these exquisite books, with each page an original painting, as final works in themselves.
Alongside her painting, Sarah has had a very successful career as an illustrator, working for clients such as the BBC and the National Trust. She has recently returned from working in Gdansk, Poland, as one of the artist/animators on the highly anticipated film 'Loving Vincent' - the first fully painted feature film, telling the story of Vincent Van Gogh and due to be released in the UK Autumn 2017.
In 2016, Sarah illustrated and wrote two books about painting: 'Quick Draw - Urban Landscapes' and 'Quick Draw - People'. Copies available through the gallery.
Sarah has exhibited with Beside The Wave since 2008 and is represented exclusively by their galleries in Cornwall and London.
1977-78 Cheltenham College of Art and Design
1978-81 BA Hons in Fine Art, Falmouth School of Art
1991 Teaching Qualification. Norway
2017 Solo Show, 'Home Again', BesideThe Wave, Falmouth
2017 'Fresh' Contemporary Art Fair, Beside The Wave stand, Cheltenham
2016 - 2017 Chelsea Art Fair, Beside The Wave stand, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
2016 The Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolour, Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2016 The Chelsea Art Fair, Beside The Wave stand, The Chelsea Town Hall, London
2016 The Works on Paper Fair, Beside The Wave stand, The Royal Geographical Society, London
2016 Night & Day, Solo Show, Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall
2011 - 2016 The Affordable Art Fair, Beside The Wave stand, Battersea, London
2015 In This Place, Solo Show, Beside The Wave London, Primrose Hill, London
2014 Black and White, Mixed Collection, The Falmouth Art Gallery & Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall
2012 Effortless Brushstrokes, Group Show, The Falmouth Art Gallery & Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall
2012 All At Sea, Group Show, The National Maritime Museum & Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall
2011 - 2012 Affordable Art Fair, Beside The Wave stand, Bristol
2011 - 2012 The Edinburgh Art Fair, Beside The Wave stand, Edinburgh
2011 Royal Institute of Paintings in Watercolour, Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2011 British Impressionists, Group Show, Falmouth Art Gallery
2011 Contemporary Impressionism, Two Person Show, Beside the Wave
2010 Royal Watercolour Society, Open Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
2010 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2007 Hennebont Centre, Brittany
2006 Gallery Maison Lorient, Brittany
1998 Sterts Art Centre, Lisguard
1997 - 1998 Falmouth Arts Centre
1990 Exhibiting with Galleri Brandstrup Stavanger, Norway
1985 Joint Exhbition with Israeli Illustrator Carmit Pollard, Israel
1984 Exhibition of Travel work, Russia, China and Israel, Falmouth
1983 Series of commissioned paintings of Cornish legends for an exhibition in Cornish Museums
1981-4 Portal Gallery, London