After spending two years at Blackpool College of Art, Stephanie Sandercock spent her twenties working between Tokyo and London. A musician and songwriter, she released three albums in her thirties under her maiden name 'Stephanie Kirkham'. Moving from Lancashire to Cornwall in 2014, she married and began painting full-time.
Captivated by the Cornish coastal rock, especially at Gwithian, she uses various plasters to create her unique abstracts. This body of work has gained the recognition of the Penwith Society and St Ives Society of Artists.
Sandercock's paintings have a mysterious force within them, perhaps mirroring the artist's sense of being deeply grounded as she 'plugs into the energy of the rock'. Lines and curves can be seen like pathways across ploughed fields, edges of boats or distant lights in a harbour. Immersed in her local environment, she captures the energy of the area by building layers of plaster and paint which she scratches and cuts into, giving a higly textured feel.
She has held four solo exhibitions at Penwith Gallery. Of the most recent, Alchemy, local art critic Frank Ruhrmund wrote: '...her three-dimensional, semi-sculptural compositions are as accomplished and appealing as they are impressive and highly individual.'
Her work has been exhibited widely in Cornwall, and she is represented by Thompson's Galleries in London.
Acrylic, limestone and marble plaster, muscovite on aluminium, wood and rusted steel
Open Studios Cornwall 2015; 2016; 2019
2016: Gwithian Rocks, Penwith Gallery, St Ives (Aug)
2018: From Godolphin to the Sea, Penwith Gallery, St Ives (15 Dec-5 Jan)
2019: STISA Christmas Open Exhibition (16 Nov-2 Jan)
2020: Hayle to Halzephron, Penwith Gallery, St Ives
2022: Alchemy, Penwith Gallery, St Ives (18 June-17 July)
2022: 3 Deep, Crypt Gallery, St Ives (27 Aug-9 Sept)
2023: Compass, Crypt Gallery, St Ives (3-15 Sept)
Penwith Society (2022)
Cornwall Today (May 2016) 'Easy as 1-2-3' by Kirstie Newton
My Cornwall (June 2022) 'Artist Profile : Stephanie Sandercock' by Kirstie Newton
St Ives Times & Echo (July 2020) Exhibition review by Frank Ruhrmund