Introducing Sarah Wiseman Gallery
Sarah Wiseman Gallery is the place to start an art collection, or to nurture an established one; many of the gallery’s clients are experienced collectors who are confident in what they are looking for.
Some visitors are newer to art buying, even feeling nervous about taking that first step. However, walking into the gallery, all visitors are greeted warmly, and encouraged to browse.
Sarah Wiseman founded her gallery in 1998, after spotting a need in Oxford for somewhere to see and buy contemporary art. Now approaching its nineteenth year, the gallery has established itself as one of the leading independently run art spaces in the city, specialising in contemporary painting.
The gallery prides itself in knowing all of the artists personally, all of whom are professional and at different stages of their careers. Through studio visits and meetings, other artists are often discovered. ‘Not many artists work in complete isolation, many are actually very social beings!’ says Sarah. ‘They often share studio spaces, so that’s how we bump into new and interesting painters.’
Artists at Sarah Wiseman Gallery are sourced from around the UK, although a select few are locally based.
‘Oxford is a very vibrant, creative place to be, so we are proud to be keyed into the local artistic community,’ says Sarah. ‘There are some very exciting artists living and working here, whose work is collected by people around the world - for example, Steven McIver is actually Orkney-born but now an Oxfordshire based painter. He is a very interesting artist – one to watch. He regularly exhibits in New York as well as with us.’
More artists to discover include Sarah Spackman, a highly sought after Oxford-based painter who makes luminous still life paintings, exploring form and colour in a fluid, yet contained painting style. She has recently been nominated for the Jerwood drawing prize, and has exhibited in The Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. Sarah Wiseman Gallery also represents Athol Whitmore, a multi-disciplinary artist originally from Dundee, now living and working in North Oxford. His work is an exploration of nostalgia and childhood incorporating painting, found objects, and vintage ephemera.
Athol has recently completed an entirely donated public art piece jointly commissioned by Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Bicester Village Shopping Outlet and The John Radcliffe Hospital. The work is now installed in the Children’s Radiology Department in the west wing.
The gallery’s year ahead is certainly an exciting one, kicking off with a solo show by the acclaimed young landscape painter Peter Kettle. His new work has been inspired by the Oxfordshire countryside, and its ancient past, and will be shown during January. ‘Peter is well known for creating, large, atmospheric landscapes, using lots of different media to describe light and weather elements. His painting is largely inspired by his native Wales, and he has brought the same sense of compelling drama to his Oxfordshire landscapes.’
Later in the year, Alison Pullen who is well known for her paintings of interiors. She will be showing a new series of paintings, also of Oxford, this time focusing on its hidden away interior spaces. As Alison always works in situ, Sarah Wiseman Gallery has been working with a number of well-known locations to gain Alison exclusive access for her to make her work. Blenheim Palace, the Ashmolean, and the Sheldonian will be among the subjects of Alison’s mixed media paintings in May 2017.
‘At Sarah Wiseman Gallery, we work very much with the mind set of having two groups of clients; our artists and our collectors,’ Sarah explains. ‘This means that we pursue and support exceptional artists through our exhibitions, and this gives our collectors confidence in adding to their art collections through us.
‘Oxford certainly has an appetite for paintings that inspire and prompt discussion,’ says Sarah. ‘It’s our aim to bring the very best contemporary art that is exciting to see and to own.’
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