Sand Laurenson MARA

Sand Laurenson MARA

Hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom

About Sand Laurenson MARA

Wecome to my new adventure on SaatchiArt :)

I am a London born artist now living and making in Hastings, East Sussex.

What kind of art do I make ?

I'm pretty hard to pin down!

Although whilst at The Royal Academy Schools (2001-2004) I was labelled a sculptor I have continued to produce art that is more about the message than the medium. I work in whatever medium expresses my ideas most succinctly for the tale to be told or in response to the environment I am in.

Sometimes this is with canvas, material or paper but more usually, using and making objects. So these paintings are a small but connected part of my work which includes drawings, sculptures, installation, digital and prints.,

What's ultimately behind my work?

Curiosity, Awe and Hope.

My Curiosity to try and understand powers my day to day attempts to come to terms with being a minuscule, but perhaps intrinsic part of a mostly unknown, unknowable, immeasurable, multi verse and the complex feelings of awe, wonder, fascination, frustration, fear, indifference, resignation and hope that this inspires.

My awe is in the similarities that exist in our dimension between the micro/macro, particles and multiverses, light/black holes, a virus/a sea creature, a grain of sand, a planet. Connections, patterns, as above so below.

My Hope is that through symbol and metaphor I can evoke a response of capture, make a connection.I use a recurring motif, usually a circle, as a symbol, a signifier, a switch, that turns the work into whatever the viewer is open to see. ...capture through enthralment, seduction, amusement, curiosity, intrigue. 
About these paintings:

In my abstract paintings I often use the paint like any other material, to obtain a surface, a texture, a sculptural property displaying simplicity and intricacy side by side.

I like to work on different surfaces to evoke a particular feeling, association, or thought, such as velvet, rubber, vinyl. these paintings on velvet reflect light beautifully and pops and jars with the jagged nature of the mark making enticing the viewer to look and then look closer to where the idea rests.

The marks have been applied, layer after layer with a brush but also by dragging an iron nail and other implements through the paint while wet to make the marks and depth. The aggression and violence of some of the marks contrast with the more painterly smooth graduations and the nap and shadow of the velvet surface.

I hope you enjoy the work

THANK YOU for looking !


2001-2004 MA Fine Art
Royal Academy Schools LONDON

1997 - 2000 BA.(Hons ) Fine Art
Middlesex University LONDON


My many working walkabouts have hindered my ability to show my work over the last 15 years or so but below is an abridged list of shows since leaving the RA Schools in 2004. 

June - July 2021
Thames-Side gallery Studios

2017 Kings Hill Gallery London Feb – May  

2016 Hinterland Gallery Group show ALIENNATION
2016 Wall mounted works at The Stables Gallery and Studios, Tontine Street, Folkestone. 
SELFRIDGES Window Installation LONDON 

 2015 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' For further information: 

2012 The Big One! 

 Dates: May 12, 2012 - June 12, 2012 

Venue: David Mach RA Studios, London facebook/thebigone/havelockwalk/London/2012 

2005 Sculpture in the Close 

 Dates: June 1, 2005 - Aug. 1, 2005 

Venue: Jesus College Cambridge, Cambridge › ... › Sculpture in the Close › 2005 › Artists‎ 

2005 Training Pigeons to Fly (with their heads held high) 

Dates: May 16, 2005 - May 20, 2005 

Venue: The Prenelle Gallery, West India Dock, London 

  2004 Platform 100 

 Dates: Nov. 1, 2004 - Nov. 5, 2004 

Venue: ING Bank, City, London 

Group Show 


2004 Venue: Beaux Art, Cork Street, London, W1 

Dates: Aug. 1, 2004 - Sept. 1, 2004 

 2004 The Summer Show RA 

 Dates: June 12, 2004 - Sept. 1, 2004 

Venue: The Royal Academy, London, W1 

 2004 MA Show 

 Dates: June 10, 2004 - July 15, 2004 

Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London 

About: Graduation show for 18 students of 3 year Post Grad Fine Art. 

2003 Premiums 

 Dates: March 4, 2003 - March 6, 2003 

Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London › RA Schools › Exhibitions 

2001 In Collaboration with. David Mach RA.. 

 Dates: Oct. 10, 2001 - Oct. 15, 2001 

Venue: A T Kearney, London W1 

About: David Mach and A T Kearney selected artists to work with him and produce collaborative work for an ambitious exhibition. 


Landseer Sculpture prize 

Henry Moore Sculpture prize 

Bovis travel award 

Ray Finnis Trust award 

Please inquire to see more about shows and awards.