Sandra Haywood Biography : paintings and drawings
Sandra Haywood has been painting prolifically since her early teens, a protégé of the celebrated Polish painter Franciscka Themerson who immediately recognised the raw and energetic talent of the young artist.
‘In the seventies and eighties, Sandra’s drawings were spidery, quirky – and funny. When you examined them closely, you’d discern in them kings and queens, husbands and wives, children and pets, usually in a state of lively animation. To my mind, they were commentaries – mostly affectionate, sometimes quite barbed – on her own domestic life, surrounded as always by a large and boisterous family. There was something obsessive about this calligraphy, at once persistent and spontaneous. When Roger Cardinal, the specialist in ‘art brut’ and the coiner of the term ‘Outsider Art’, saw her work, he immediately recognised it as belonging to that canon.
During the nineties, Sandra spent her creative energies developing an artist community on the North Norfolk coast. Converting an old Chicken shed in Happisburgh into an ad-hock gallery where they hold annual open studios.
Now concentrating fully on her work, a fresh burst of creativity has seen colour come to the fore. Bright and deep acrylics have replaced the watercolours. She’s upped her scale. And collage often enriches the surface of the work, giving it a relief effect. The quirky figures have not disappeared, but now it is landscape that seems to have pride of place: bombsites with crumbling walls, brambles and rusting cans; the seaside as a brilliant cacophony of bobbing boats, gulls and stripy towered lighthouses. Every inch of the picture surface now gets richly worked. There’s an affirmative energy in Sandra Haywood’s latest paintings that make them a joy to see’.
Robert Short, tittle…..
‘We selected Sandra Haywood's work as part of our Inspiring Norfolk website to promote the best of Norfolk's creative art to tourists. Sandra strikes a uniquely fresh and lively approach in her vibrant painting of Happisburgh Lighthouse and its surroundings which will hopefully inspire more visitors to the region and encourage a strong interest in the county's cultural scene’.
David Farmer, Norfolk Arts Partnership Manager
• Blickling Hall, Norfolk
• Castle Museum, Norwich
• Cohen Gallery, Wells, Norfolk
• Ellingham Mill Norfolk
• Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich
• Fermoy Centre. Kings Lynn, Norfolk
• Forum, Norwich
• Haywood Gallery, Happisburgh, Norfolk
• Ipswich Arts Centre, Suffolk
• Islington Arts, London
• Kingston Gallery, London
• Lady Lodge Centre, Peterborough
• Sheringham Theatre
• Triennial Festival, Norwich
• Twenty Group, Norwich
• University of East Anglia, Norwich
Southend College of Art, Essex
Central School of Art, London
Sandra Haywood : Barron Lodge Farm, Grub Street, Happisburgh, Norfolk NR12 0QZ : T : 01692 65