Sarah Gilman is a painter currently based in the Merseyside area. Gilman studied Fine Art Painting (BA Hons) at University Centre St Helens and graduated in 2018 with First Class Honours. She has exhibited both locally and nationally since 2017 and was awarded First Prize at St Helens Open Arts Prize 2019.

Recent exhibitions include: Shuffle Selects: Liverpool; Solo Exhibition: The World of Glass; Slap-Bang: Warrington; New Light Art Prize 2020-21, Scarborough, Newcastle, Carlisle, and London; Independents Biennial 2021, online and newspaper publication; Regarding the Object (solo show), Liverpool; Enough is Definitely Enough, Salford and Middlesbrough; More T’North, Preston; A Little Painting Show, Manchester,Liverpool and Leeds; Made It, Manchester; PAINT, Manchester; Greater Manchester Arts Prize, Bolton; New Light Art Prize 2017-19, County Durham, West Yorkshire, London and Cumbria.

Gilman’s work is held in a number of private collections and has recently been included in the publication and exhibition entitled Enough is Definitely Enough”  by Andrew Bracey.

Artist Statement

Sarah Gilman’s recent painting practice has explored the relation of trompe l’oeil to the genre of still-life painting. The French term meaning ‘to deceive the eye’ is used to describe paintings that are intended to fool the viewer into believing, if only for a moment, that what they see is the projection of a three dimensional object into real space, rather than an illusion held on the surface of a flat plane. Directly influenced by the paintings of 17th century still-life painters, such as Cornelius Gijsbrechts and Samuel van Hoogstraten, Gilman, however, situates her painting within contemporary discourses surrounding the still-life genre.

Gilman’s use of trompe l’oeil reminds us, after the initial encounter with illusion – an appreciation of the artfulness of illusion, that this mimetic project ultimately leads us back to the material of paint. In this sense Gilman’s practice could be described as an interest in the relation between painting and cognitive self-reflexivity – the mechanics of painting by which we are made aware of the fact that we are thinking about the act of looking and we are thinking about this act of thinking. Another kind of painting that promotes this self-reflexivity, and one that Gilman’s current painting explores is the meta-picture – pictures within pictures.


2018BA (First Class Hons) Degree Fine Art Painting
2015Access to Higher Education Art and Design


2022Sarah Gilman at The World of Glass, Merseyside
2020Regarding the Object: Editions Gallery, Liverpool
2019Entangle: Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope Creative Campus, Liverpool
2018Entangle: Beechams Gallery, Merseyside


2023Paper Cuts: Crosby, Merseyside
2022Shuffle Selects: 2 Princes Road, Liverpool
2021Slap Bang: Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington
New Light Arts Prize 2020-21: Bankside Gallery, London
New Light Arts Prize 2020-21: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
Between the Pages: The World of Glass, Merseyside
New Light Arts Prize 2020-21: The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
Independents Biennial 2021: Online and newspaper publication
2020 Somewhere Between Reality and Obscurity, The Viewing Room, Digital Gallery
Enough is Definitely Enough: Pineapple Black Gallery, Middlesbrough
New Light Arts Prize 2020-21: Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough
WCAF20 Open Exhibition: Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
Enough is Definitely Enough: Oceans Apart, Salford
More T’North: The Harris Museum and Gallery, Preston
A Little Painting Show, The Brunswick Gallery, Leeds
2019A Little Painting Show, Dead Pigeon Gallery, Liverpool
Air Open 2019, Air Gallery, Altrincham, Manchester
Made It: Short Supply, Paradise Works, Salford
St Helens Open Art Prize, The World of Glass (FIRST PRIZE)
The Lancashire Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk (THIRD PRIZE)
PAINT: PS Mirabel, Mirabel Studios, Manchester
Greater Manchester Arts Prize, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton
A Little Painting Show: OA Studios, Salford, Manchester
2018-19New Light Art Prize: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria
2018A Little Painting Show: Arena Studios, Liverpool
The Winter Collection: Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
Bankley Open Call: Bankley Studios and Gallery, Levenshulme, Manchester
Air Open 2018: Air Gallery, Altrincham, Manchester
Negotiate: Cross Street Arts Gallery, Greater Manchester
Twice As Nice: PS Mirabel, Mirabel Studios, Manchester
Shortlist: Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
SIZE matters: The World of Glass Museum and Art Gallery, St Helens, Merseyside
Vortex (third year degree show): University Centre St Helens, Merseyside
New Light Art Prize: Bankside Gallery, Bankside, London
New Light Art Prize: Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
2017-18New Light Art Prize: Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham
2017SFSA Painting Open: noformat Gallery, Deptford, London
Bankley Open Call: Bankley Studios & Gallery, Levenshulme, Manchester
Air Gallery Open Call: Air Gallery, Altrincham, Manchester
Small World: PSMirabel, Mirabel Studios, Manchester
BA2 Show: Beechams Building, Merseyside
2016St Helens Open: The World of Glass Museum and Art Gallery, St Helens, Merseyside (Highly Commended Award)


“Enough is Definitely Enough” by Andrew Bracey (Beam Editions)