"I often put figures or creatures in my work; it speaks to people. Before I painted full-time I was a cartoonist, making characters is part of who I am.
The portraits began as an aside, a burlesque parody, reinventions of another world who probably inhabit the interiors I paint. They usually stare directly at the viewer. I like the combination of smouldering aristocracy with bizarre pets. My extended family is large, there are lots of old photos collections stories they fascinate me.
The colours are considered; Sometimes fairly traditional often vivid and luminous - they're flamboyant inventions not representations."
Sarah Raphael Balme. September 2018
Sarah grew up in North London in a house of artistic influence with visiting artists and writers as well as a mother who painted. Having studied Illustration at Chelsea School of Art, Sarah's work encompasses the influence of her background in cartoon as well as the artists she admires - "I look at a lot of art from 20th century greats like Bonnard and Matisse to Christopher Wood or Julian Trevelyan. I love formal portraits; and renaissance icons...I also like to draw from folk art and fabrics too; I can't resist fabrics."
The Edition Solo is delighted to be hosting this exhibition of thirty new portraits, each with their own untold story. Sarah's talent enchants with its subtlety, in capturing the light of face yet the distinct character through colour, clothing and eye - may you enjoy their collective presence!
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