Sharon Beavan

Foundation Year Course Leader
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Sharon Beavan trained at Falmouth and the Royal College of Art. She won the Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition (1994) and was highly commended in the Eastern Open Art Competition (1996). Sharon has exhibited widely, most recently at the Royal Academy and in Visions of London at Michael Richardson's Artspace. She taught for many years on the Foundation courses at Byam Shaw School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, University of Hertfordshire, City & Guilds of London Art School and North Hertfordshire College, and on the BA course at Kingston University.

On drawing

I believe that, fundamentally, drawing is about organisation, be that emotional, sensory, perceptual or conceptual. While it is clear that drawing from observation enables students to become sensitive to the composition of the three dimensional world, and in turn how to show this in two dimensions, the ability to 'copy' should not be confused with the idea of 'talent'. I think the most exciting drawings communicate an integrity of some sort and that this may come from an infinite variety of sources. For me this would include drawings by Bonnard, Picasso, Baselitz, Giacometti, Gwen John and Agnes Martin.

Sharon Beavan