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mail sharon@sharonsampson.com

bio

 

Sharon graduated in fine art and graphic design at what was then known as Natal Technikon.  She subsequently embarked on an award-winning international career in advertising. Sharon moved to England for five years and created her own fashion label for children.

 

Back in South Africa, she returns to her roots in fine art and specializes in oil painting and printmaking.  Sharon has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work is held both locally and abroad. As an educator, Sharon commands a reputation of excellence through her printmaking studio in Illovo, Johannesburg through which numerous South African artists have emerged and grown.

 

Sharon is the co-founder of FAP – The South African Fine Art Print Fair.  FAP was the first national exhibition of its kind, dedicated solely to print.  The inaugural exhibition was held in Johannesburg in October 2015 and was highly acclaimed.  Being biennial, the third Fair will be held in 2019 – 11 May to be precise.

process

 

Sharon creates her own prints using a hydraulic printing press.  “My favourite printmaking techniques include monotypes, collagraphs, linocuts and etchings.  For FAP19 online I am presenting Monotypes. I enjoy monotypes as this is the most painterly technique in printmaking – it is sometimes referred to as the “printer’s painting.” Like painting, the monotype is very direct and allows great versatility as to the range of marks that can be obtained.  It also allows spontaneity within the creative process in a medium that is both flexible and expressive, and often creates surprises.”

 

Her most recent body of work – Evocation - Sharon revisits the human form, exploring the human body’s relationship with its surroundings and space. The intermingling of lustrous inks and oils provides the perfect platform to express the ebb and flow of human relationships, encapsulating the act of bringing or recalling a feeling, memory or image to mind.

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