Gudrun is a figurative artist who revels in working with figures and faces, shapes and colours, focusing on movement within her work as her main theme.

Over the years, Gudrun has studied old masters and new and influences in her work reflect admiration for the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and the photographic and graphic realism of Dutch renaissance painters, as well as much 19th to 21st century work.

Abstract Expressionism must get a special mention. With all good art, composition which generates movement within a work is key to any successful outcome, abstracts included. Gudrun is particularly taken with abstract works of Clifford Still with his seemingly blank canvasses which demonstrate a subtle internal composition, and with George Bellows's figurative work which revels in his use of paint, often on a very large scale. In the world of portraiture many artists can be named as influences, but, unsurprisingly, John Singer Sargent tops the list, particularly with his watercolours. Gudrun admires an extensive range of artists and is interested in contemporary developments.


Marshchapel Art Exhibition
4-6 May 2019
St Mary's Church

Temporal Echoes
Solo Exhibition 1-31 July 2019
Orchard Gallery
Gunby Hall and Gardens
Gunby, Spilsby, PE23 5SS

On Parade
30 September - 27 October 2019

Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre
26 Plough Hill
Caistor LN7 6LZ


The Marshchapel Arts Exhibition 2018
(May Day Bank Holiday Weekend)

'InSkin': Joint Exhibition with Jason Carlisle 1 - 27 February 2018

Solo Exhibition 'Life in Movement' 18 November to 8 December 2017
Spout Yard, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 0LW

Marshchapel Arts Exhibition, 29 April to 1 May 2017

Candid Arts in London. Outsider Art Exhibition 9-15 September 2016

One of my portraits was pre-selected for The Colombia Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today 2016 Mall Galleries, London and Florence, Italy.

Grimsby Open 2013

I have exhibited at Marshchapel Arts, Lincolnshire, since 2013

Commissioned work

I offer commissions. You would need to contact me to discuss requirements, wishes and the process of achieving this.
I can also offer 2 hour demonstrations.

I like to refresh my images from time to time so there is more work available. Do contact me to discuss my work or any projects you would like me to do by contacting me either by the Contact Form on this page or via my Facebook page, see link below.

© Gudrun Ståhl Sharpley 2016 - 2019, LN11 9WE. Please contact me by using the contact form if you wish to use any of my images.

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