Award winning artist Sarah Gwyer was born in Gloucestershire in 1985 and now lives and works in the Cotswolds. Primarily using stitch her practice draws together influences from pop artists Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist through to contemporary artists Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.
After studying Fine Art in Cardiff, Gwyer headed straight to London to study a Masters in Printmaking at the University of the Arts, London. Having always been a bit of a Magpie she started stitching beads on to her prints and soon the stitched elements took over. By the time of her graduate show she was exhibiting simultaneously in London and New York.
Gwyer's work reflects on the themes of celebrity, consumerism and commercialism, using well known faces and pop imagery. She pushes embroidery to new audiences ensuring textile art is appreciated as the fine art form it is.
2004 - 2007 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, University of Wales, Cardiff.
2007 - 2008 M.A. Printmaking, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London.
National Needlecraft Award 2019 - Best Use of Colour.
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, 2018, Mall Galleries, London.
Royal Academy of Arts, 'Summer Exhibition 2017', London.
'ING Discerning Eye Exhibition' 2013, Mall Galleries, London.
'Wolf & Badger @ Selfridges Wonder Room', 2010, Selfridges, London.
'Masquerade', Solo Show, 2009, SaLon Gallery, London.
'UK's Future Greats in NY', 2008, White Box, New York.
'An Act of Happening', 2008, Red Gate Gallery, London.
'UWIC Graduates', 2007, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
'Welsh Artist of the Year', 2007, St David's Hall, Cardiff.