Sigrid Müller was born in Germany in 1962. She studied for her Diploma in Graphic Design at the Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences, Nuremberg, specialising in illustration from 1985 – 1991.
She moved to Wales in 1996 and became a full-time professional artist. She has been exhibiting with the Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff since 1997, having several solo exhibitions over the years. Sigrid was second prize-winner in the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize Competition in 2014.
Sigrid says of her work:
‘When I draw, I try to translate what I see into how it feels to the touch. It is purely emotional, something that resonates, stirs memories, often from my childhood when judgement did not come before objects were thoroughly observed and experienced.
My drawings are made with layer upon layer of very fine pencil crayon on backgrounds of pooled watercolour washes. It is a meticulous process which can take several weeks from the preliminary sketches to the finished painting.
The background is a dynamic and integral part of the painting, as important as the subjects themselves. It provides an imagined space where they can live – suspended, with nothing to hold on to, or existing on seemingly firm ground.
I choose intuitively, not searching, but coming upon, being stopped in my tracks by the promise in a closely furled iris bud, the dry rattle of a seed pod, or the soft ripeness of a plum.’
Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff, 2010
Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff, 2004
Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff, 2001
Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff, 1999
Two – Person Exhibition
Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff, 2008
Three – Person Exhibition
Oriel Tegfryn Gallery, Anglesey, 2015
Selected group exhibitions include:
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014, Jerwood Space, London (and UK tour)
London Art Fair, 2013
20/21 British Art Fair, London, 2012
London Art Fair, 2011
Gallery Artists exhibitions in Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff from 1997
Gallery Artists exhibitions in sister gallery, Oriel Tegfryn, Anglesey from 2010
Awards and Collections
Two paintings purchased by the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, 2016
Second prize winner Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2014
Selected for Welsh Artist of the Year competition, Cardiff, 2000 and 2007
Her work was purchased by the Derek Williams Trust for the National Museum of Wales, 2001