Sally Trueman - Born 1960
Studied fine art at The University of Brighton. On leaving Brighton she focused on portraiture, continuing her education under Royal portrait painter John Hughes-Hallett until his death.
In 2000 Sally and her family moved to the South of France, where she was commissioned to do a series of large canvases depicting the landscape and colour of the region. This had a profound influence on her working style, which can be seen in her oil paintings today. Her paintings are fresh and sensitive, showing a passion for colour, movement and light. The texture of the paint having an almost sculptured sensation.
Her paintings are usually started “en plein air” and finished in her studio with the help of her sketch books.
When I paint with oil, I build layers up slowly (thick over thin rule) to give the painting a sense of depth and a feeling of luminosity. After each finished layer, I slightly scrape the canvas down, leaving the canvas faintly scarred. I incorporate these scars into the next layer.
Each layer in my painting seems to unintentionally reveal the secret history of the painting's construction and creation. The individual layers that are built up reveal elements, such as the composition of the painting, for example sketch lines can be found underneath the paint pigments, which are deposited on the canvas.
My finished painting may have a total of thirty to forty layers that have gradually been built up over a period of eighteen months to two years. Because of the slow way I work, I subsequently have in my studio at any one time twenty plus picture at different stages of development.
Oil is the perfect medium for landscape painting, like my canvases the landscapes also mirror its own construction. Depicting elements such as fault lines, stratification's and mineral deposits that are found in the rocks. Just like the sketches and pigments that are found on a canvas reveal its own history of construction.
Building up a painting in layers, is perhaps a metaphor, my interpretation of life, on a subconscious level, visual experiences that we have throughout our lives, whether good or bad, are insidiously built up in layers, gradually changing the person over time.
Exhibitions 2016 :-
La Galerie de l'Echarpe, Toulouse
McNeill Gallery The Studio, Bermondsey Street, London SE1
Harper & Harper, London
Red Spot Ink Gallery, London
2011 International Erotic Art
2003 Gallery du Sport, Paris. International Portrait Award for Zinedine Zidane.
Catalogues and publications
2014 Contemporary Art, New York, Harper
2012 Pratique des Arts n°105 julillet/août
2012 Paintings featured in “True Love” series, 2012, BBC television drama
2011 International Erotic Art & Literature Magazine
2011 Pratique des Arts n°98 du 22 mai/22julillet
2011 Thanet Gazette, May
2010 Pratique des Arts n°95 du 07 décembre
2010 La Dépêche, Toulouse novembre
2010 La Dépêche, Toulouse juillet
2009 Contemporary Art, New York, Lucy Holden
2009 Art of England, September,
2008 Artists and Illustrators, September
2008 Contemporary Art, New York, Elizabeth O'Hara January
2006 The Neurobiology of Painting by F. Clifford Rose (ISBN 0123668751) Published 2006
2006 Contemporary Art, New York, Elizabeth O'Hara
2004 Art, New York, Elizabeth O'Hara,
2002 Pastel Artist International January /February