The Quiet Revolution

Sabrina Brouwers

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“This painting was created alongside ‘Nothing in Common’ so the emotional state I was in, and the inspiration for the two paintings is very similar. The painting has a very raw look and feel as I reflect on the persistence and strength of our natural landscape in comparison to the our urban man-made world. This painting is inspired by the weathering process of raw industrial materials, such as steel and concrete. The burgundy colour mirrors the rusty look of weathered steel. A relief within some circles is achieved using a cement past to reflect the industrial material. The process includes very rough sanding, and scratching into the canvas to reveal previous layers and mimic the weathering process of our environment. In this piece I’ve worked on exaggerating the resurface of history from the previous layers. As I depart from the constant presence of black circles in my work that are for me a gesture of grounding, simplicity and stability, this piece highlights the anxiety expressed in the mark making and texture of the painting.”

DIMENSIONS | 60 x 92 cm
MEDIUM | Gesso, Acrylic, Oil Pastel & Cement Paste on Wooden Panel
AUTHENTICITY | Signed certificate of authenticity

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Sabrina Brouwers is an Italian/German geometric abstract artist based in London. Sabrina graduated from Falmouth University in 2019 with a Bachelors in Fine Art and holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Graphic Design at the University of Art London, in Chelsea. Sabrina’s artistic practice is an emotional response to the world around her. Influenced by the urban landscape where Sabrina lives, the circles in her work represent an abstraction of the subject matter telling stories of her own lived experiences and reflections.

Having lived in multiple countries, and the struggle to pinpoint a place to call home, Sabrina’s practice denotes a constant search for grounding in her study of symmetry, repetition and the composition of each piece around a mathematically plotted grid. By introducing the fluid shape of the circle, she challenges the rigid order of the base grid and uses the deep black circles as grounding elements to visual simplicity.

"My nomadic upbringing and curiosity for visual perception has encouraged me to respond to man-made landscapes and the complexity of our natural surroundings. By observing how we process the natural versus man-made, I have become very interested in the therapeutic effects of visual simplicity and how they are present in our urban landscape.”

Sabrina’s layered process builds a dialogue between emergence and disappearance by revealing the previous layers through sanding and scratching. Documenting her journey on the grid creates a map for her to navigate, deconstruct and simplify - the subtle lines of colours expressing an underlying emotion of the moment.

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Education | Diploma in Graphic Design, Chelsea School of Art; BA Fine Art, Falmouth University

Group Exhibitions | ‘Threshold’ D, Contemporary Gallery (London), 2021; ‘Works on Paper3’, Blue Shop Cottage, (London), 2021; ‘A Voyage of Absurdity’, Craft Central (London), 2021; ‘Woodlane Windows’, Falmouth (Cornwall), 2019; ‘Falmouth Fine Art London’, The Assembly Point Gallery (London), 2019; ‘Falmouth Fine Art’, The Polly Gallery (Falmouth), 2018; ‘Woodlane Windows’ (Falmouth), 2017

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