Light Catching Fire

“Sarah Butterfield is one of the best representatives of the current revival of Contemporary Impressionism. Butterfield’s brushes encapsulates the way sunlight changes the patterns over the day by the second with the precision of a skilled surgeon.” Lorenzo Belenguer, Arts Writer

Light Catching Fire – Sarah Butterfield

29th March – EXTENDED until Apr 29th 2017, 11am-6pm

Light Catching Fire – an exhibition of paintings showcasing Sarah‘s fascination for patterns and colours as they are revealed in the natural world. This was Sarah’s first show in London since exhibiting with the China National Academy of Art in 2016.


The competing glow of the electric lights of the city set beneath the fireworks of the sunset above, the soft lights of dawn catching fire as the sun rises, shallow waters at the ocean’s edge where light is fractured, the lights of a cafe in city bustle, the movement of sunlight over the surface of the river, bright beach light dissolving edges of the figure – all these are captured by Sarah’s brush. Her passion for the natural world finds expression with dashing, calligraphic brushwork that seizes the essentials and allows her colouristic patchwork to play in the onlookers’ eye.

About Sarah

Sarah Butterfield studied at The Ruskin School of Fine Art in Oxford before qualifying as an architect in 1983.

She exhibited with Agnew’s Young Contemporaries. Sarah had solo exhibitions with Cadogan Contemporary, at Gallery 27 and the Albemarle Gallery. Frost and Reed gave her two exhibitions, one in 2011, followed by an exhibition of Sarah’s Olympic Sports paintings in 2012. Sarah first exhibited in China in 2014 with a solo exhibition in Shanghai called Light and Life. This was followed by two solo exhibitions called Visions of Paradise held at The Cultural Palace of Nationalities in Beijing and then with The China National Academy of Art in Hangzhou in 2016.

Sarah is married to the The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts.

“Sarah Butterfield remains one of the most persistently rewarding artists of her generation and one who herself seems to be set upon an ever more creative journey” Jon Snow