Sarah Pickstone – An Allegory of Painting

Sarah Pickstone will talk about her installation: An Allegory of Painting, recently installed at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The work has been commissioned as part of RA250 to explore the history of the RA collection. The paintings pay homage to Swiss-born artist and founder member of the RA, Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807). The talk will broadly encompass subjects such as the contemporary relevance of allegory, the legacy of classical iconography and engaging with historical narrative as a contemporary artist. Sarah will discuss her process -from research, through drawing to large scale wall painting.

Sarah Pickstone was born in Manchester. She studied at the Royal Academy Schools 1988-91 from where she went on to win the Rome scholarship in Painting and won first prize in the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012. Sarah works from her studio in central London and shows her work internationally. She is a tutor at the Royal Drawing School.

She is currently showing An Allegory of Painting at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (5 September – 18 August 2019).