Sarah Cooney

Tees Valley

Each painting in Sarah Cooney’s practice occupies its own internal sense, nuance and rhythm. She orchestrates subtle ranges of colour, texture and lyrical gesture, extending a vocabulary of marks and motifs that echo across bodies of works.

Paint escapes around the edges of the canvas and careworn surfaces, added flourishes, splotches and smears all reveal that there are varying levels of enjoyment, anticipation and frustration in playing with the possibilities of paint. Painterly revisions accumulate on the canvas alongside traces of provisional marks rubbed away in a process of sense-making.


Recent exhibitions include From Gesture to Geometry, Platform A Gallery, Midlesbrough (2022); A Generous Space 2, The New Art Gallery Walsall (2022); To the Studio, Gallery DODO, Brighton (2022); Your Foot in my Face (curated by Dan Howard-Birt), Kingsgte Project Space, London (2021); Legacy: 50 Years of Painting in the Tees Valley, The Auxiliary, Middlesbrough (2019); Creekside Open selected by Brian Griffiths, APT Gallery, London (2018); Beep Painting Prize Exhibition, Swansea College of Arts (2018); Colour Code, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield (2017); Making a Scene, NN Contemporary Art Project Space, Northampton (2016); The Trouble with Painting Today (curated by Hannah Conroy), Pump House Gallery London (2014).

In 2020 Cooney’s painting Evelina was acquired by MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art through the Tees Valley Response Collecting initiative.

Skills & Experience

  • Project management
  • Technique tuition: painting
  • Visiting lecturer (HE)
  • Visiting lecturer (FE)
  • Working with schools (primary)
  • Working with schools (secondary)
  • Workshsops (adult)
  • Workshops (family / general)
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