Sarah Purvey's primary discipline is in ceramic sculpture, supported by a strong dynamic drawing and printmaking practice. Working in clay with a limited colour palette, each one of Sarah Purvey's monumental structures are part of a personal exploration into the possibilities of the medium. There is a tension to be found within each form that neatly mirrors the forces that pervade in nature itself. The Wiltshire landscape in which Sarah is based as well as the ever-changing internal landscape of the artist put their mark on every piece made.
Sarah Purvey has had solo exhibitions in St Ives, Amsterdam and Bath and has shown widely in group exhibitions including New York and London. Purvey's work featured in the Threadneedle Prize Exhibition in 2012, Society of Women Artists 2014 at the Mall Galleries London and The Bath Society of Artists at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath in 2015. Her work is represented by galleries both nationally and internationally.
Purvey completed an MA in ceramics at Bath Spa University in 2009 having completed her BA twenty years previously in 1991.
2009 MA Ceramics, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University1991 BA Ceramics, Bath College of Higher Education1988 BTec Ceramics, Plymouth College of Art and Design
Corsham Court, Bath Spa UniversityMichael PortilloPrivate collections in USA, Japan & Europe
2010, First Prize Awarded by the juried panel at the Corsham Pound Arts Open, October
Foreign Lands, Denise Yapp Contemporary, Monmouth, June 2016Hallowed Ground, David Simon Contemporary, Bath, November 2015Kriki-Ritual, Rize Gallery, Amsterdam, March 2015Romancing Nature, Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, September 2014Hardy House Gallery, Box, December, 2013Solo Show, New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, May-July, 2013Quest Gallery, Bath, December 2012Members Solo Show, Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey, , May 2012Solo Ceramic, Cartshed Gallery, Shaftesbury, Sept 2011Landscape, Corsham Court Gallery (BSU), March 2010
Denise Yapp Contemporary, Monmouth, JuneAdah Rose Gallery, Kensington MD, JuneHighgate Gallery, London, JuneTwenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, MaySuspended Fruit, C4RD Centre for Recent Drawing, London, MarchWomen in Art, Wall Projects 1, Montrose, Scotland, MarchMcAllister Thomas Fine Art, Godalming, Surrey, MarchInside Out - Bursary Exhibition, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire, January
Flux Exhibition, Grays Art Gallery, RCA Galleries, London, DecemberSculpture For Furniture with Michael Pennie, Salisbury Arts Centre, SeptemberEnflamed, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York,, JuneBath Society of Artists 110th Exhibition, JuneLand Tracks, Wine Street Gallery, JuneStill Life & Ceramics, Robert Fogell Gallery, JuneDenise Yapp Contemporary, MayFlux Exhibition, Grays Art Gallery, London, FebruarySmall Works, David Simon Contemporary, Bath, January
Rize Art Gallery, Amsterdam, NovemberContemporary Sculpture, Medici Gallery, London, NovemberElementals: Women Sculpting Animism, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NovemberField Of Vision, David Simon Contemporary, Bath, OctoberSummer Exhibition, Medici Gallery, London, JulySWA Mall Gallery, London, JuneCornwall's Influence on the Modernist Tradition, Medici Gallery, London, AprilPraisesongs for the Numinous: New Sculpture, Cavin-Morris Gallery New York, MarchAffordable Art Fair, Battersea, March
Wine Street Gallery, NovemberPanzer Trotman Fine Art, NovemberDenise Yapp Contemporary, OctoberArt In Clay, Hatfield House, JulyHospitality, Bath Abbey, JuneThe Russell Cotes Museum with The Arthouse Gallery, JuneAffordable Art Fair, Hampstead, with Bowlish Contemporary Gallery, JuneAffordable Art Fair, Battersea, with Bowlish Contemporary Gallery, March
Autumn Show, Bircham Gallery Norfolk,, October Gallery 28, Cork Street, with the Katharine House Gallery, October Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, SeptemberArt In Clay, Hatfield House, AugustHilton Fine Art, Bath, June
Open Show, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, OctoberCeramics- Nine Artists at Corsham, Corsham Court Gallery (BSU), SeptemberArt in Clay, Hatfield House, JulyOpen Show, Black Swan, Frome, MayGroup Show with Calne Artists, Bowood House, Wiltshire, April
Gallery 27, Cork Street, with Katharine House Gallery and Askew Art, DecemberOpen Show, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, October Group Show, Calne Arts Festival, OctoberKatharine House Gallery, Marlborough, September Bradford On Avon Arts Festival - Sculpture Garden 'Tribe', September Central Gallery Malvern, Bertram Enterprises, May
Milsom Place, Bath with Mirka Golden-Hann (BSU), NovemberMA Degree Show (BSU) Sion Hill Bath, September