The natural landscape captivates me, and so does paint.
Something curious about line, tone or texture will be the creative trigger for a painting. I progress intuitively, oscillating between reality and imagination, tension and harmony, chaos and order. A balance of contrasts will eventually emerge, exposing emotive patterns of thought and energised responses to process and form. I like my paintings to entice visual curiosity. Perceptions of the same experience may or may not align.
Anchored in landscape and the sensory beauty of natural forms, Sally Wyatt’s paintings speak of a curious and compelling contrast between subject and paint. Giving free rein to the expressive qualities of mark and medium, her works explore the restless shape and vitality of land and sea through a confident language of texture, tone and colour. The restrained beauty and delicacy of draftsmanship apparent in her graphite and watercolour sketches on paper give way, on board and canvas, to the fluid, more forceful qualities of paint. Here, where the physical process of painting dominates, light and landscape dissolve together in the creation of strange and softly atmospheric images. Throughout her paintings, high energy brushwork and fleeting, minimal bursts of colour are balanced by simplicity of composition and the cool tones of an overtly blue palette, a colour which situates each of her works, however abstract, in the literality of exterior space and light.
Texture and colour play the major part in these paintings, carrying with them figurative hints that need no further description through shape or line: pale, ethereal sweeps of meteorological colour and brooding ocean tones of sullen, nuanced grey and ominous, deep, dark blue merge seamlessly with a geological palette of pink, purple and gold. Always, however, the commanding grip of Wyatt’s rich, impasto surface remains, occasionally enhanced by touches of transparent, textural fabric. Demonstrating an extraordinary painterly skill at the earliest stage of her career, Wyatt is an artist who gives full voice to both her medium and her blossoming talent for abstracting the landscape.
2017 October 1st – December 3rd – RWA 165 Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol, RWA Bristol
2017 November 4th – 19th, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Sevenhampton. Hadfield Fine Art
2017 November 17th – 19th, Edinburgh Art Fair. Exhibiting with Kingfisher Art
2018 25th January – 5th February. Gallery Exhibition at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Nr. Penzance, Cornwall
2018 February, Open Weekend, Sevenhampton. Hadfield Fine Art
2018 April 7th – 28th, Exhibition by Sally Wyatt and Nicki Heenan at West Ox Arts Gallery, Town Hall, Bampton
2018 April, Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham. Hadfield Fine Art
Currently: Ongoing Exhibition of Work, The Burford Gallery, Shilton Rd, Burford, Oxon http://www.burford.co.uk/original-contemporary-art/
2017 Observation of Blue, West Ox Arts Society members exhibition
2017 Oxford Art Society Open, Cloister Gallery, St John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Rd, Oxford.
2017 Open Weekend, Sevenhampton. Hadfield Fine Art
2017 Cotswolds Art & Antiques Fair, Westonbirt.
2017 Open weekend. Hadfield Fine Art
2017 Oxfordshire Art Weeks Open Studio Event
2017 Cogges Exhibition – Artweeks event: “Meet the Artist”
2017 Hadfield Fine Art at FRESH Art Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse
2017 Hadfield Fine Art at BATTERSEA SPRING AFFORDABLE ART FAIR
2017 Hadfield Fine Art, Cheltenham
2017 Burford Art Gallery
2017 The Mall Galleries, London
2017 ‘Trace’. Cogges Manor. Solo Exhibition
2016 – 2017 COGGES MANOR FARM ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2017 Oxfordshire Artweeks Open Studio
2016 The Brian Sinfield Gallery
2016 Royal Society Marine Artists. Exhibited
2016 Royal Institute Oil Painters. Pre selected
2016 The Gardens Gallery, Cheltenham. Janet James and Sally Wyatt Exhibition
2016 Oxfordshire Artweeks Open Studio
2015 ‘Collider.’ Mentoring Group Exhibition. Newlyn School of Art
2015 Burford Art Gallery
2015 Wychwood Art Gallery
2015 Oxfordshire Artweeks Open Studio
2015 WOA Gallery Landscapes Reviewed Exhibition
2015 Oxford Art Prize. Runner up
2014 Oxfordshire Artweeks Open Studio
2005 BIDA Best Design Award. Decorex International.
1990s -present Designer Maker
1980s. Liberty of London
1981 BSc.(Hons) University of Nottingham