Sara Dudman RWA
Painterly qualities and drawn marks are essential components in Sara’s work, conveying an intuitive understanding of her subject matter, which is usually grounded in the landscape. Through the process of drawing and painting she progressively locates and extracts order from apparent chaos, drawing out patterns of movement and behaviour.
Sara has recently undertaken two research trips to Yorkshire and Northumberland to gather information and inspiration for a new body of works. Both trips have provided excellent opportunities to observe, analyse and interpret the fascinating interactions and relationships between the sea birds and their environment. Visits to RSPB Bempton Cliffs and the Farne Islands provided exceptional opportunities to observe seabird colonies’ movements and behaviours. Sara paints with very gestural mark making, the sense of flocks of birds in the landscape, both in flight and on the ground.
Small-scale and intimate, or large and expressive, these gestural paintings are created in layers, alternately recording and expressing the essence of the subject and its environment or context, exploring the relationship between the two. Permanence and impermanence are in balance. Using the intuitive, personal, interpretive possibilities of paint, yet derived from the immediacy and documentation of video, photography and ‘found’ imagery, these paintings combine analysis and emotion. Her work is a continual exploration of the dynamic between figurative representation, expression and the physical qualities of painting and drawing.
Sara currently works in Somerset and has a BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting, Loughborough College of Art and Design and an MA (distinction) Design and Manufacture, De Montfort University, Leicester. She was made an Academician of the Royal West Academy in 2015.