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Presence in Paint

North House Gallery is delighted to present this exhibition of paintings by Sara Lee Roberts. When the show was first discussed early last year, the portraits (and portraits of portraits by Old Masters) were painted in a separate studio from the pure abstracts. Increasingly the two genres have been combined to make new and distinctive hybrids.

"In my recent work, I move between figuration and abstraction, looking for the moment at which the sense of a place or of a person is expressed, regardless of degree of finish. Portraits of portraits are sometimes combined with abstract panels in a search for a combination which triggers quiet surprise. In the pure abstracts, colours (mostly blacks and reds) are allowed to react to one another until space and light is suggested." Sara Lee Roberts

Sara Lee Roberts, daughter of the Euston Road artist RD "Dick" Lee. After Foundation at the Byam Shaw School of Art and a BSc in Chemical Physics at Sussex University, she trained as a conservator at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge. As a conservator she worked on paintings at the Wallace Collection and the Royal Collection. On moving to Paris she decided to paint full time and made work which led to her first solo show. She has exhibited widely, has won the Discerning Eye Prize and has paintings in public and private collections. In 2008 she studied at the Royal Drawing School on The Drawing Year postgraduate programme, where she won the Paintings in Hospitals Prize. She has taught adults on a one-to-one basis for many years and since 2013 has been teaching painting and drawing at the Royal Drawing School.

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Exhibition venue: North House Gallery The Walls, Manningtree, Essex CO11 1AS
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