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About the Artist Sarah Graham

Never failing to bring out the inner child in all of us, leading contemporary fine artist, Sarah Graham has a pleasing habit of conjuring up distinctly childhood-reminding creative flavours, courtesy of her almost scratch-and-sniff quality photo-realistic pieces of art typically depicting a host of sweets and toys. Grahamís vibrant, luminous images leap off the canvas at you from the moment in which you clap eyes (and salivating lips) on them, and thereís no doubt in our mind that thereís no other artistís work which has this effect on us.
Born in Hitchin in Hertfordshire in 1977, Graham was actively encouraged by her supportive family to paint as a youngster, if for no other reason than to counter the parent-dreading onset of boredom which has a nasty habit of emerging during weekends and school holidays.

Works By Sarah Graham

  • Bubbly by Sarah Graham
    Bubbly
  • Fruit Salad by Sarah Graham
    Fruit Salad
  • Fruit Salad by Sarah Graham
    Fruit Salad
  • Bubbly by Sarah Graham
    Bubbly
  • Bubbly by Sarah Graham
    Bubbly
  • Drumstick by Sarah Graham
    Drumstick
  • Drumstick by Sarah Graham
    Drumstick
  • Fruit Pop by Sarah Graham
    Fruit Pop
  • Fruit Pop by Sarah Graham
    Fruit Pop
  • Black Jack by Sarah Graham
    Black Jack
  • Black Jack by Sarah Graham
    Black Jack
  • Refreshers by Sarah Graham
    Refreshers
  • Refreshers by Sarah Graham
    Refreshers
  • Watermelon Chupa Chups by Sarah Graham
    Watermelon Chupa Chups
  • Watermelon Chupa Chups by Sarah Graham
    Watermelon Chupa Chups
  • Cola Chupa Chups by Sarah Graham
    Cola Chupa Chups
  • Cola Chupa Chups by Sarah Graham
    Cola Chupa Chups
  • Still Life - Rainbow Swirl by Sarah Graham
    Still Life - Rainbow Swirl
  • Still Life - Lollipop by Sarah Graham
    Still Life - Lollipop
  • Candy Canes by Sarah Graham
    Candy Canes
  • Happy Campers by Sarah Graham
    Happy Campers
  • Super Sub by Sarah Graham
    Super Sub
  • Brilliant Brunette by Sarah Graham
    Brilliant Brunette
  • Black Jack by Sarah Graham
    Black Jack
  • Drumstick by Sarah Graham
    Drumstick
  • Fruit Salad by Sarah Graham
    Fruit Salad
  • Sweet Dreams by Sarah Graham
    Sweet Dreams
  • Marble Carnival by Sarah Graham
    Marble Carnival
  • Dolly Duck by Sarah Graham
    Dolly Duck
  • Still Life - Rainbow Swirl (Canvas) by Sarah Graham
    Still Life - Rainbow Swirl (Canvas)
  • Emerald Marble by Sarah Graham
    Emerald Marble
  • Still Life - Lollipop (Canvas) by Sarah Graham
    Still Life - Lollipop (Canvas)

This in the fullness of time turned into more than simply a means of suppressing boredom and became a full-blown interest/hobby/obsession as Graham proceeded through her formative years. Whatís more, her talents in this creative arena were duly noted by those around her, including her teachers.

It was at secondary school that Grahamís passion for art subjects really came to the fore, and on leaving education she elected to complete a foundation course in art and design; seen as a rudimentary stepping stone for many a fledgling artist over successive generation of aspiring brush and paintsmiths. Graham followed this up with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, obtained from DeMontford University, during which time she laid down further foundations for her intended transition from student to professional fine artist. Whilst employed in a pub, Graham put the wheels into motion her debut exhibition, coming up with the idea of utilizing the unused upstairs of the public house as a makeshift gallery. This proved to be a success and soon she was regularly showcasing her new artwork from this seemingly impromptu venue, along with fellow students, having previously gained the necessary permission from the brewery of course.

With regards to Grahamís signature compositional style and art direction, there are two very precise and specific aspects which she never detracts from when approaching and executing her unique compositions. That of colour and realism. Both naturally go hand in hand with the other under normal situations, yet in Grahamís work these two primary elements become virtually inseparable and continually thrive by informing one another. This creative consideration in turn allows for this frighteningly real notion of, well, realism and the quasi-realistic, apparently photo-generated images which she fosters from the administration of oils on canvas. Grahamís insistence on the illustrative manipulation and juxtaposition of sweets and toys echoes and graphically reflects the artistís playful and ordinarily sunny disposition

So, just where does Graham source her images and tickle her taste buds to interpret what she sees so to speak? According to Graham herself, markets and sweetshops (as you might expect) are chief amongst which, with eBay also providing additional inspiration. The locating of the subject mater is imperative as she looks to originate and construct a telling and altogether engaging composition from scratch. Once sheís secured the muse, Graham will set about photographing it, often taking hundreds of individual photos before hitting on the specific angle of artistic attack that she has in her mindís eye. Graham will also readily facilitate her Mac alongside her digital SLR to ensure exact image clarification.

Based on this, Graham will then endeavour to sketch the outline in yellow paint on the canvas surface, from which she then builds up the layers of detail and colourations in her tried and tested oils; which she insists allow her to blur the paint in a similar way to the blurred effect proffered by a photograph itself. Explaining that her father bought Graham her first oils when she was 8 years old, she has always had an enduring working relationship with them as her medium of choice, despite experimenting with alternative materials at both college and university.

Today, Graham is signed to one of the UKís leading contemporary art publishers, Washington Green, who have helped her establish herself as one of the best talents in her genre.

Latest Artworks

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