Sarah Barker Brown
Sarah Barker Brown
Art Trail Artist
Primarily a figurative painter, I am fascinated by unexplored identities, unlived lives and roads not taken. My work captures the idea of other possibilities, other roles, other potential stories that we might have been part of.
People stepping momentarily into ‘other’ lives to play with their images and identities, together with the artefacts that mark our progress through life – photographs, clothes, shoes – all interest me. Working in oil and acrylic, experimenting with different painterly languages and materials (often including transfer) I ask questions about our sexual, social and emotional lives via a cocktail of nostalgia, confrontation, pleasure and seduction.

CV and Blog

May 4, 2018

b. 1964, Southampton, UK

Lives and works in London


Education and Training


2014-2017       Fine Art Diploma The Art Academy, Borough, London (First)

2012-2013       Art Foundation The Art Institute, East Finchley, London

1985-1987      BTEC Footwear Design  Cordwainers College, Hackney, London

1982-1985      BA (HONS) Classical Studies (2:1)  Hull University, Hull


Selected Group Exhibitions


2018                Diverse Figures, Burgh house, Hampstead

2018                Sex! Human Construction and Human Connection, The Crypt Gallery, London

2017                Emerging Women Artists,Burgh House, Hampstead, London

2017                Ruth Borchard Prize Exhibition, Piano Nobile, Kings Place, London

2016                Two Years In, Menier Gallery, Southwark, London


Awards and Prizes


2018                Artist Residency, BFC Café, London

2017                Selection for Emerging Women Artists, Ecclestone Art Agency

2017                Selection for Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, Piano Nobile

2016                The Kennerly Prize for Academic Excellence, The Art Academy

2015                Shortlisted for Sir Philip Trousdell Prize for Portraiture, The Art Academy

2015                Runner Up Mixed Media Prize, The Art Academy

2015                Bursary Prize, United Society of Artists




2016                Dame Pippa Harris, Portrait

2017                David Jennings, Portrait


Work History


1989-2002       Designer, MD and Founder, Sarah Barker Shoes Ltd, London

                        An innovative and successful global company designing, producing and selling 

                        Children’s footwear to over 300 design-led independent shops worldwide. 

                        Stockists included The Conran Shop, Selfridges, Liberty’s, Barneys New York.  

                        Numerous commissions were carried out including for The National Gallery,    

                        London (1996-2001).

Contact Artist

07967 661810