Sharron Astbury-Petit is a Yorkshire-born artist, working from her studio in Leeds.
Her paintings are characterized by experimentation and a combining of media
to better explore different themes, interweaving disciplines
to create a personal and evolutive reality.
Largely figurative and rich in symbolism, Sharron's recurrent subjects
are nature, self-identity, time and im/mortality.
Her work seeks to question and to pay homage to the seduction of the intangible.
She began her career in 1980 as a designer and illustrator, and was also a member
of the Yorkshire collective of feminist artists Hidden Strengths at this time,
exhibiting in many British galleries.
Sharron relocated to France in 1995 to devote herself to her painting,
and worked there as a professional artist for the next two decades.
Her paintings swiftly achieved recognition for their quality and originality,
receiving twenty awards and four medals through the years.
In 2007 she exhibited her work in Shenzhen, China as part of a first cultural exchange initiative. She participated in similar exchanges in Belgium and Portugal (2014),
was part of a delegation of artists with work showcased in Copenhagen, Denmark (2015),
and participated in the Salon d'Automne de Paris' exchange exhibition
at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan (2019).
Her work has also been regularly showcased in French Salons as their 'Invitée d'Honneur'.
Sharron has been made a member of the Société du Salon d'Automne de Paris
and an associate member of the Société des Artistes Français
(medal winner at the Paris Salon of 2011).
Since re-establishing a studio in Leeds, Sharron has also been made a member of
Leeds Fine Artists and an associate member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art.
She continues to exhibit both internationally and nationally
(including as a non-member of the New English Art Club (prize winner in 2018
for the most outstanding work by a non-member), the Royal Society of British Artists
and the Society of Women Artists).
Work in many private collections.