South African visual artist Sarah Danes Jarrett

Sarah Danes Jarrett

South Africa | 2 artworks for sale

  • Series 11-22 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett Series 11-22
    Painting / 130 x 130 cm
    R62 000
  • Series 11-18 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett Series 11-18
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
    R60 000
  • Series 10-23 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett
    Series 10-23
    Painting / 130 x 200 cm
  • Series 10-25 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett
    Series 10-25
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
  • W Series 9 - 38 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett
    W Series 9 - 38
    Painting / 175 x 175 cm
  • W Series 9 - 31 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett
    W Series 9 - 31
    Painting / 150 x 150 cm
  • W Series 9/25: Twiggy - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett
    W Series 9/25: Twiggy
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
  • W Series 9 - 27 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett
    W Series 9 - 27
    Painting / 175 x 175 cm
Sarah's exquisite, vivid, large scale portraits demand a response.

Her faces often stare right back at you as the viewer: they contain an alluring quality which makes you want to look back and see if she (or he) is still looking at you.

"I have always worked on people, faces - I love the translucency and reflection of skin and confrontational eyes that narrate a story I can't vocalise. My style is paradoxically chaotic and controlled: brazen and aggressive brush strokes form soft curves, precisely cut with a sharp edge. My controlling personality tries to form some order in a world that is constantly in flux. I use colours that bear no similarity to skin and shameless scale to break our intimacy barriers."

Sarah Danes Jarrett (b. 1964) was born in the UK and raised in Zimbabwe following her family's move to Africa in 1966. Sarah qualified in graphic design in 1985 and moved to Johannesburg where she embarked on a highly successful 12 year career in the design industry, winning three Clios and two London International Advertising Awards.

In 1998 she retired from design and became a full time artist in 2002, bringing the same eye for detail and drive for perfection to her fine art career.

Sarah's work is collected worldwide.

Selected Exhibitions:

Alle Kleuren, duo exhibition, The Boutique gallery, Sint Martens Latem, Belgium
Group exhibition, The Boutique Gallery in Sint Martens Latem, Belgium
Group exhibition, Open Africa, Imbizo Gallery, Durban,
Summer Exhibition, The Boutique Gallery, Franschhoek
Group exhibition, The World Economic Forum (Africa), Imbizo gallery, Durban
Group exhibition, Modus8 Gallery in Sint Martens Latem, Belgium

Erotic Art Exhibition - Hout Bay Gallery

Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I'm playing with the virtual reality trend at the moment. Penny Siopis is my current inspiration.

Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Tretchikoff, not for his work but for ignoring his critics and doing what he loved most.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

A Dylon Lewis sculpture, one of his male figures.

How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?

I didn't know what I wanted to do, it was more of being an artist yet not knowing it.

What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?

Always the figure or the face, skin in any form. I portray strong imperious women, usually, they have a direct stare, usually they are confrontational.

What should people know about your art that they can’t tell from looking at it?

My paintings are large, loud, and vibrant yet, behind all this I'm a reclusive, socially anxious person.

What drives you as an artist?

I really don't know what drives me, I initially thought it was just the mark-making I enjoyed, I don't know why I am compelled to do portraits over and over again. Perhaps I'm using the paint to make connections with people that I can't connect to in real life?

Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?

I have many favourites and some meaningful but I have not created “THE ONE” yet.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

Being invited to Vienna for a month to work on a family portrait commission.