Sharon Leahy-Clark graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2001 with MA Fine Art, Painting and from Middlesex University in 1999 with a BA Hons (1st class) in Fine Art. She also has a BSc Hons (2:1) in Sociology from University of North London. 

Sharon uses a variety of materials all of which are worked in a quick, ‘hands on’ intuitive way. The forms which have evolved from working in this way inhabit a space on the edge of language/reason. At first glance, they appear to make sense as possibly animal or human. However, on closer inspection this familiarity is questioned and the images become recognisable less as something known but rather hint at another, deeper, otherworldly understanding.

 

Art Fairs/Projects/residencies

2017 Manchester Contemporary, UK

2016 Freeze for Frieze, Moncler, Old Bond Street, London (Project)

2016 Art Copenhagen, Denmark

2016 SIXTY, Art-Athina, Greece

2016 Art Dubai, UAE (RCA Secret, Project)

2015 Sluice, London

2015 London Art Fair

2015 KÖLNER LISTE, Cologne

2014 Exchange Rates, New York

2014 Manchester Contemporary, UK

2014 Affordable Art Fair, London, (Project Space with Paper Gallery)

2014 Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland (residency)

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Not afraid of the dark, Paper Gallery, Manchester

2013 Sailing to Byzantium, Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St Helens, Merseyside 

2012 Theatre of the Charmed Westminster Reference Library, London 

2011 The Three-Cornered World, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire 

1999 Pissing to the Stars, Redgate Gallery, London

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Like the Lines of a Hand, Centre for Recent Drawing, London 

2017 Like the Lines of a Hand, Paper Gallery, Manchester

2017 The Sense of Things, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, California

2017 Between Things, Minories Gallery, Colchester

2017 Summer Salon, Luborimov/Angus Hughes Gallery, London

2017 Stewarts Law / RCA Secret, London 

2016 Freeze for Frieze, Project for Frieze Week with Moncler and Purple PR, London

2016 In the Deep Woods, Leo 15, Lucerne, Switzerland

2016 Sixty, Luborimov/Angus Hughes Gallery, London and Art-Athina, Greece

2016 Tender and Cruel, Vacuous Gallery, London

2016 Stewarts Law / RCA Secret, London and Art Dubai, UAE

2015 Summer Salon, Luborimov/Angus Hughes Gallery, London

2015 3rd Birthday Auction, Paper Gallery, Manchester 

2015 The Functionality of Thought touring Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax, Yorkshire

2015 Stewarts Law / RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London and Art Dubai, UAE

2014 The Functionality of Thought, Paper Gallery, Manchester

2014 Oriel Davies Open 2014, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales

2014 New Mills ArtFEST 2014, (commissioned artist) New Mills, Derbyshire

2014 Stewarts Law / RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London

2014 Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 (touring)

2014 Barnaby Festival (with Paper Gallery), Macclesfield

2014 Snow in Summer Peek-a-boo Gallery Perth, Australia 

2013 Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013, Jerwood Space, London and touring

2013 Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London 

2013 Sunday Times Watercolour Prize, Mall Galleries, London and touring

2013 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2013 ArtWorks Open, Barbican Arts Group Trust, Project Space, London

2013 Ludlow Open, The Harley Centre, Ludlow, Herefordshire

2013 Neo:artprize 2013, neo:gallery22, Bolton

2013 RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London

2012 Ludlow Open, Millichope Gallery, Ludlow, Herefordshire

2012 Collectible, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, Bond House Gallery, London

2012 Presentation and Production, Platform Art, Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St Helens

2011 RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London

2010 Re-animate, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales

2010 Secret Postcards, Royal College of Art, London

2010 Winter Open, Baskethousevillageuniverse, London

2010 Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Ludlow College, Shropshire

2009 ArtWorks Open, Barbican Arts Group, Project Space, London (awarded Commendation)

2009 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts

2009 Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Ludlow College, Shropshire

2009 RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London

2008 Jerwood Drawing Prize - Jerwood Space, London and touring

2008 Artsway Open 2008, Artsway Lymington, Hants

2008 British Glass Biennale 2008, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge

2008 Secret Art, Levitt Bernstein for Shelter, London

2007 Celeste Painting Prize 2007 (finalist), Truman Brewery, London and Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh

2007 Creekside Open (selected by Victoria Miro), APT Gallery, London

2006 Anonymous Drawings 3, Blutenweiss, Berlin

2005 Different Alphabets/Different Languages, Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire

2005 Margate Rocks, Margate, Kent

2004 Aftershock 1A Space, Hong Kong

2004 Faith, Transition Gallery, London

2004 Faith, CAS Gallery, Osaka, Japan

2002 Mostyn Open 12, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales

2002 It's all in the Text, Stroud House Gallery, Gloucester

2002 Core, MOT Gallery, London

2001 David Bowie’ Wonderworld, Royal College of Art

2000 Truancy, Lime House Arts Foundation, London

2000 Yip Yap Yip Yap, Cable Street, London

1996 Figuring Cezanne, Lethaby Gallery and Tate Britain, London

            

Awards

2001 Helen Chadwick Memorial Prize 

2001 TI Group Travel Award to Berlin

2000 TI Group Travel Award to Iceland

1999 TI Group Travel Award to Budapest 

1999 Absolut Secret, Fine Art Scholarship (RCA)

 

Collections

British Airways, Dr Yvonne Crossley (The Drawing Gallery), BBC and private collections

 

Publications

Various publications and catalogues