Acrylic painting by Sharon Virtue for Palette Gallery

“Mint Tea” by Sharon Virtue

Sharon Virtue is a British artist of mixed Jamaican and Irish heritage, currently living in Oakland California. She is a painter, dancer and ceramic artist, with many years of experience in community development. She has a strong social practice and has worked internationally, believing that artists are agents of transformation. Her mission is to inspire, encourage and provide access to the greater community in the creation of art. 

For this exhibition at Palette, she explores The Cornucopia as a mythological symbol of plenty, nourishment and abundance. Lush and layered, Sharon’s works present a visual feast of color and pattern. Inspired by global women surrounded by the bounty of the marketplace, abstract and figurative elements are woven together through layers of painting and line work, resulting in a complex and enigmatic space-scape. 

"As I start to paint my cast of characters for the show they ‘tell me’ the stories they wanted to share. In these turbulent times of misinformation, the message of abundance, generosity, gratitude and community came through the work." - SV

Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 48”

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