Visibly Evident
Sharon Beavan
Embankment Gardens Detail, 2002–21(photographically modified giclée print of an original drawing)

Embankment Gardens Detail is a giclée print of a pencil drawing made in preparation for a painting which records walking from Blackfriars Bridge to Westminster Bridge in London.

The painting uses visual description to place the viewer in a location they may recognize or know, but the overall aim is to make a single image that is about multiple moments in time and how moving through a space affects our perception of it. The drawing was made over many hours and months, the seasons changing as I returned to the exact same spot time and again. There are twenty-nine sketchbooks for the painting so far.
In my drawings I use measurement to fix the temporal (the relationship between space and time), which means I look for what remains permanent while all else is in flux. My belief is that from such a restricted starting point, there is a chance of some poetry or truth emerging, irrespective of what I feel or may be able to achieve technically. 
The painting was begun in in 1990 and continues.
'Duration is to consciousness as light is to the eye.' – Bill Viola
‘I've always thought that looking out of the window is a much underrated activity.’ – John Peel
Sharon was born in Wimbledon in 1956 and studied at St Albans School of Art, Falmouth School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She was a co-founder and co-course leader of the Foundation Year at the Royal Drawing School until 2020. She has taught on the Foundation courses at North Hertfordshire College, Hertfordshire College of Art and Design, Kensington and Chelsea College, Wimbledon School of Art, Cavendish College, and Byam Shaw. Sharon also taught on the BA Fine Art course at Kingston University for many years and the Foundation Degree at Byam Shaw. She has work in collections at the Museum of London, Guildhall Art Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and won first prize in the Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition (now the Jerwood Drawing Prize).
Recent exhibitions include ‘Meeting Points’, a two-person show with Gethin Evans at the Royal Drawing School, curated by Antje Southern; ‘Cache’, curated by Richard Burton, Angus Hughes Gallery, Hackney; ‘The Architecture of London’, Guildhall Art Gallery; ‘Various Species’, curated by Graham Crowley and John Stark, Greystone Industries, Suffolk; ‘Territories’, Galerie Windkracht, Den Helder Holland. In 2016 Sharon curated ‘Short Stories’, a three-woman painting show at The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, Suffolk. In 2019 her painting Vaping Man was ‘Painting of the Day' at the Royal Academy Summer Show.