Sharon McDonagh is an Artist based in York, UK (formerly a high profile Police Forensic Artist). She was one of the artists exhibiting during York Open Studios in April 2019 and will be exhibiting again this year at Venue 57. Sharon paints primarily with acrylic paint but also uses other media, plaster and collage. Her recent work revolves around natural decay and the items found in abandoned/derelict houses, the last few fragments of life before nature takes over. Highly textured paint and collage work is utilised to examine the crossover from life to decay, showcasing the beauty that it creates and emphasising the different colours and textures it forms. Her work entitled 'Fragments' feature hand painted vintage wallpaper pieces that form the last remnants of life amongst the decaying backdrop. She has a number of exhibitions this year around York and Leeds, please see 'exhibitions' page for full details.
Sharon's fascination with derelict/abandoned buildings is evident in her detailed studies of buildings in York, with an intention to highlight an alternative side to the City and its rapid transition. Giving prominence to each building, showcasing their individualism, but predominantly reflecting the cohesion that has been formed through their dereliction and demise. Her larger works on canvas focus on small sections of the buildings and the emphasis on texture form gritty, somewhat abstract multi media studies.
Sharon utilises reference material she has obtained from photographing abandoned buildings, natural decay and abstract urban images. Her passion for the subject is evident in the detail and emotion she is able to express in her work.