• Sarah Danes Jarrett

    Sarah Danes Jarrett
    • Artist Statement
      • 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.
    • Biography
      • UK born artist Sarah Danes Jarrett grew up in Zimbabwe and studied commercial art. The artist is known for her large format, powerful and colourful portraits of women created in a block-work brushstyle.

        Having qualified in 1985 with a graphic design diploma, Sarah embarked on a graphic design career in Johannesburg, where she won 3 CLIOS. In 1998 she retired from design to became a mother and a few years later, faced her first blank canvas.

        Sarah's work is collected worldwide.

        Selected Exhibitions:

        2017
        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

        2006
        Erotic Art Exhibition - Hout Bay Gallery

    • Interview
      • 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.
  • W Series 9/38 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett SARAH DANES JARRETT
    W Series 9/38
    Painting / 175 x 175 cm
    $4 380
  • W Series 9/31 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett SARAH DANES JARRETT
    W Series 9/31
    Painting / 150 x 150 cm
    $3 830
  • W Series 9/25: Twiggy - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett SARAH DANES JARRETT
    W Series 9/25: Twiggy
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
    $3 380
  • W Series 9 - 27 - Painting by Sarah Danes Jarrett
    SARAH DANES JARRETT
    W Series 9 - 27
    Painting / 175 x 175 cm