Based in Bath, Sally Muir is an artist best known for her dog portraiture. Having received a first-class degree in Fine Art from Bath School of Art and Design in 2003, Muir first exhibited her work at the Bath Society of Artists. Muir has since exhibited her work across the U.K. at galleries including Quercus Gallery in Bath and the RWA in Bristol. Throughout her career, Muir has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Paintworks Prize, the Holburne Museum Portrait Prize, the Bath Society of Artists Portrait Prize and the National Open Art Competition South West Artist of the Year. Ruth Borchard Collection acquired Sally Muir's self-portrait in 2011.
Muir is a painter of people, dogs and landscapes. She is perhaps best known for her charming pet portraits, particularly her dog depictions. Muir has been lauded for her 'keen understanding of essential doggishness' by Claudia Massey of The Spectator. Alongside her painting, Muir is one half of the dynamic design duo 'Muir and Osborne', the other being her friend Jo Osborne, where she captures canines through the art of knitting. Together they have published a series of hugely successful book, How to Knit Your Own Dog, and a children's book, Patch's Grand Dog Show.
Muir's self-portrait steps away from her usual pet portraiture, taking herself as her subject. Self-Portrait Without Glasses captures the artist in oil on board, with a two-dimensional torso and a three-dimensional head and neck, one eye swept away with the flourish of a palette knife, a nod to her impaired vision.