My Name is
5 - 25 May . 2011
Reception with the Artist: Thursday, 5 May, 5-8pm
People are endlessly fascinating to me ~ Sara Sniderhan
Enraptured by people and paint, Sara Sniderhan goes straight to panel with her long, flat Mongoose brushes. The traditional metrics of her tools and ground balance beautifully with Sniderhan's contemporary subject matter.
Sniderhan's portrait of Rachel Berman unveiled at the Toronto International Art Fair last autumn, acted as a springboard for the new works in My Name is. Of equal interest is that Sniderhan's portrait of Enrico Colantoni, from her appearance in the premier season of Bravo's Star Portraits, is now in the National Portrait Gallery of Canada's permanent collection.
The work in 'My Name is', is a deep exploration into oil paint, flesh colour and figurative painting. I let go of narrative elements and just tried to make paintings that are, that breathe and vibrate with life. I tried to stay loose, going straight to panel with paint -- no preliminary drawings, no planning, no attachments. (Sniderhan, 2011)
Drawing subject matter from her immediate life, Sniderhan has painted her maestro (John Angel), her dealer, family members, fellow artist Sean Yelland, old friends and new. When asked how she chooses who to paint, Sniderhan points out the three things in common that each sitter shares;
I recognize something of myself in them, I greatly admire something about them, and I thought they would make for a beautiful painting.
Preview Sara Sniderhan's new works here: My Name is.
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