Sharon, a local to Lynton, pursues many interests: she is an artist, some of her work you
see here, and she is an author (two of her novels have been published this year) and a singer, for many years performing in London clubs.
Sharon is a tetrachromat (having 4 types of cones in her eyes instead of the usual 3) allowing her to see ultraviolet colours, like Van Gogh. This adds a new dimension to her artwork, which includes Impressionism, Pointillism, Divisionalism and Fracturalism.
She also undertakes commissions and has recently been commissioned to paint portraits of Muhammad Ali and George Best.
She qualified in English and American Literature with History of Art and has worked in the arts for many years; as owner of the avant-garde London gallery Aspects, lecturer at University of Arts London and a series of projects for the V&A.
She was also one of the founding figures for The New Designers Exhibition and the coordinator of the inaugural London Design Festival. As a London artist she was invited to participate in the very first Cow Parade (designing onto full size models of cows).
She has worked with Yoko Ono, many famous architects including Daniel Libeskind and designed bespoke offices for a series of high profile Londoners including Margaret Thatcher, George Melly and Anita Roddick.
Whereas most paintings create the image with colours mixed on the palate, Pointillism uses the viewer’s brain to achieve the same result. A traditional artist might mix blue and yellow to get just the right green, a Pointillist puts dots of yellow and blue in exact proportions so that the viewer ‘sees’ the intended colour when the painting is viewed from a distance.
This means that although the subject of a painting might be green or brown or flesh coloured, the result might be achieved without using green, brown or flesh colour paint, it is in fact an illusion. And the reason for creating this illusion is to mentally draw the viewer into the painting.
This technique was pioneered by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in the late 1880s as part of the Impressionist movement and has been used by many artists since, including Andy Warhol. Today, the same technique is used in printing and by your television screen, both of which use tiny colour dots to create an image.
Painting in Pointillism (not stippling which is the creation of an image with a dot pattern, but not concerned with mixing colours in the mind) requires a completely different way of thinking about the image and its colour. One of Sharon’s larger pieces, now sold, required the application of 800,000 individual coloured dots.
The Gallery has originals of Sharon Plant’s work for sale.