Si Sapsford

Si Sapsford Portrait artist of the year series

Si has shown her work in various galleries, including exhibiting a series of paintings of lifeboat crews performing a rescue at sea for the National Portrait Gallery, and a portrait painting at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Her work captures a moment or feeling, something of the sitter’s character or a particular moment and sometimes references historical paintings but set in a contemporary context.

Before becoming an artist, Si spent seven years sailing around the world as a deck hand. Finding it an incredible opportunity to soak up a wealth of different sights, sounds and experiences and which has provided her with a vast reserve of images and colours which she continues to draw upon in her work.

Si studied at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art, where she first began to draw large scale Bic biro drawings this led to an invitation to draw and meet Pelé, the legendary Brazilian footballer, as he kicked the final goal before the old Wembley stadium was demolished.

She has won several awards, including the BP Travel Award and the Battersea Park Annual Award.