Focusing on quiet, elegant still lifes and simple, gestural landscapes, Sarah Armstrong-Jones’ practice emerges from in-situ studies – drawings and gouaches.
Her paintings have been described by Patrick Kinmonth as “grow[ing] like plants flowering, or landscapes excavated over time from remembered, indistinct horizons. Affirmations beyond their limits are deduced from familiar rooms or the arrangement of a few domestic objects: a bowl, fruit, branches, buds. Her work takes us into a profound contemplation of the world she seeks to know and the method she has mastered. Going ever deeper into the nature of paint, where accident, evidence and respect are allowed full sway”. (2011)
Her paintings are a delicate suspension of temporal and spatial impositions, within which her subject matter holds equal sway with her treatment of paint, whose application seems almost accidental but has a quiet deliberation and gentle luminosity.
Born in London in 1964, Sarah Armstrong-Jones was educated at Camberwell School of Art (where she did a foundation), in Printed Textiles at Middlesex Polytechnic, and at the Royal Academy Schools. She won the Windsor & Newton Prize in 1988, and the Creswick Landscape Prize in 1990.
Sarah Armstrong–Jones is niece to Queen Elizabeth and daughter of the 1st Earl of Snowdon. In addition to her work as an artist, she is also Vice-President of the Royal Ballet. She has exhibited regularly with the Redfern Gallery since 1995, in both solo and mixed shows.