At first glance one can tell Sarah Beetson’s colourful, outlandish works are fed by multiple aesthetic and conceptual sources. With an immersive, high-density colour approach and a varied creative background in fashion and design, Sarah’s collection of paintings and original screen prints communicate a hybrid interest in film, antiquity, vintage paraphernalia, literature, politics, popular culture and more.
Sarah’s process mirrors her works: first she begins with a thematic idea or concept which she then researches via the internet, books, films and locations. These ideas are then physical mapped in a staged photograph (a technique she also uses when working in fashion or portrait-based projects). “I absolutely always work from a photographic reference or a physical sitting”.
Sarah then begins a process of layering. “I work in mixed media on wood, canvas, paper or photographic prints. I begin by creating a background which can incorporate spray paint, tissue paper and other collage elements, and then I draw out the elements which underpin the basis of my work”. Sarah uses Pilot G-Tec and Maica pens when it comes to drawing her key concepts and then moves onto an in-exhaustive list of mixed materials, including markers, gel pens, crayons, stickers, vintage magazine clippings, embroidery, sequins (and much more) to finalise a work.
Sarah’s studio is located on a farm amidst chickens and a local wallaby. She tends to spend 3-6 months a year travelling to gather inspiration and always takes a suitcase of art materials and an a4 scanner with her. She hopes to have a solo show in New York in the near future would love to collaborate with designer John Galliano.
Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours) – Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall UK
Illustration and design at Yellowdoor, POP Magazine and Stella McCartney
Exhibited works in Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, London, Paris, New York, Portland and Ottawa