Sarah Corner, Artist, born 1964
Following her studies at Art College in Richmond upon Thames, Sarah was fortunate to secure a much sought after opportunity to work for one of the U.K.’s foremost Restorers of painted and decorated Antiques, a Mr. Reginald Dudman of London. During her years with Mr. Dudman she gained a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the techniques of period Master Craftsman and Artists. Sarah worked on some of the most important pieces for private collectors, antiques trade and museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum. Notable individual pieces included an ornate gilded chair belonging to Napoleon, and a painting attributed to Whistler.
One of her most important projects in the 1980’s was working on the restoration of the painted and gilded throne canopy that houses the throne from where the Queen opens Parliament in the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster.
On leaving Reginald Dudman’s studio Sarah moved from London to the beautiful Dorset countryside. For approximately 16 years, she ran her own Decorative Applied Arts and Restoration business using the many skills she had learned, including Gilding, Marbling, Graining, Japanning and Period Fine Art.
Her many clients included the Hon. T. Lindsay of Hedingham Castle (artist and art restorer)
She exhibited her own original decorative work and painting at such venues as Longleat House, Charterhouse School, Highclere Castle, Loseley House, Surrey and Waterperry House, Oxfordshire.
During this time Sarah developed a keen interest in nature and wildlife. This inspired her more and more to concentrate on her own paintings. Receiving very positive response to her artwork gave her the confidence to concentrate totally on her own paintings.
After visiting Ireland in 2001 and falling in love with the truly beautifully countryside, Sarah and her partner Richard decided to sell up in Dorset in the U.K. and move to Tipperary, where she purchased a cottage with some land, where she now has her studio, paints and grows her own vegetables, living life at the pace both Richard and herself desire.
In the summer of 2005 Sarah had a very fulfilling residency at the Cill Rialaig artist’s retreat on the spectacular Kerry coastal area, followed by an exhibition at the Origin Gallery in Dublin. She had two further very successful exhibitions at the Origin Gallery and the Lee Gallery in Cork.
Sarah sells her work mainly to private collectors. The OPW purchased her work and she has completed commissions for the Lake Hotel in Killarney.
Sarah was invited by the President of the All Ireland Polo Club (who has a painting by Sarah in his collection) to exhibit her 2010 collection of Polo Paintings at the Pavillion Club House in the Phoenix Park Dublin.
This year 2012, Sarah received permission from Darley (Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum,’s global breeding operation which currently stands stallions in six countries around the world, including Ireland.) to enter her portrait of the horse “Royal Applause” standing at the Royal Studs, Sandringham, into an international Art Competition.
She has received the welcome of fellow artists in Tipperary and their generous advice and support, such as Jessica Roth and the renowned artist Mr. Peter Curling, who was her guest of honour at Sarah’s second solo exhibition at the Origin gallery “The Light of Nature” where he gave the opening words. The following comment he made for a recent catalogue.
“Sarah’s paintings show a remarkable feel for the Irish landscape, wildlife and all animals in their natural surroundings. Her unique handling of oil paints and her subtle palette give her paintings a special light and help her to capture the stillness of the quiet corners she chooses to paint. Her affinity with nature comes across strongly and the smaller details in her paintings have been closely observed, giving the work an authenticity which is rarely found.” …Peter Curling
Sarah Corner’s work is represented the the U.K. by W.H.Patterson, Albermarle St., Fine Art Dealers, Mayfair, London.
Kilcock Art Gallery, Co. Kildare is representing her work in County Kildare, Ireland.
“My own view of my efforts as an artist is that with all the knowledge and skills that I have through both nature and nurture, I try to portray the beauty of the natural world as I perceive it, whether it is found in the humble or Grand arena. If I can touch on that it is my key to truly appreciating this world around us, so often taken for granted. Painting it seems is in my blood, my mother is a very gifted artist and she brought me up to draw and paint as second nature and also inspired me in my love of all living things.” Sarah Corner.
Sarah has exhibited at the Origin Gallery, Dublin: Cill Rialaig Retreat Gallery, Kerry: Lee Gallery, Cork: United Arts Club, Dublin: W.H. Patterson Fine Arts, Mayfair, London: Affordable Art Show, London (with W.H.Patterson, London): ‘Oak’ Open at at Killenure Castle, Tipperary: Kilcock Art Gallery Co. Kildare.