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Sarah Graham
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Hertfordshire
photorealist
nostalgia
oils
Sarah Graham
Sweet Dreams (2012), 120 x 120cm, oil on canvas

In 2012 British painter Sarah Graham was commissioned by the British indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs to paint the album cover of their singles collection 'Souvenir', which was released worldwide. Born in Hitchin in 1977 she works almost exclusively in oil on canvas. Sarah completed a degree in Fine Art painting from De Montfort University, Leicester in 2000, and has been pursuing her practice ever since. From 2001 to 2007 she exhibited at independent galleries and art fairs in the UK and overseas. From 2007 to 2014 she signed with a major UK fine art publisher, Washington Green, and her work became widely available as limited edition prints, alongside originals, throughout the UK. Sarah's paintings are in private collections across the world, in Europe, the USA, Australia, the Middle East, China and South Africa. Sarah's art is studied in schools throughout the UK and abroad and in 2015 was featured on the GCSE Art exam paper. Her work is also owned by Standard Chartered Bank, who commissioned several pieces by Sarah, including a self-portrait, for their vast global collection of contemporary portraits. As of the beginning of 2015, Sarah began self-publishing limited edition prints while working on commissions and new paintings for exhibitions and art fairs, from her studio in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. "My work is a vivid exploration of still life, using subjects that allow me to satisfy my obsession with colour and within them somehow communicate that elusive sense of sheer joy," says Sarah. "The process is more visceral than intellectual. I'm generally not too concerned with creating a great deal of meaning beyond the aesthetic. Imagery is often borrowed from childhood; sweet things, toys, stuff that might evoke a sense of wonderment, and ultimately nostalgia."

 

Photographs by Sharon Cooper

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