sarah ball

Ahhh, I will never ever get tired of seeing portraits painted by UK based artist Sarah Ball. These are few of her recent paintings from 2020, and just like every other post I’ve written about her {2013 and 2015}, I’m smitten. Such quiet softness, both in technique and mood. Here is a description of her work via Stephen Friedman Gallery:

“Sarah Ball’s meticulously rendered portraits explore themes of gender and identity. Demonstrating an acute sensitivity to the psyche of her subjects, she emphasises physical characteristics that define how we outwardly portray ourselves to the world.

Ball uses source material such as newspaper cuttings, archival photographs and social media to inform her portraits. Often depicting people who celebrate self-expression and contest traditional binary norms, Ball highlights physiognomy, hairstyles, clothes, jewellery and make-up that reveal the idiosyncrasies of her anonymous, often unknowing sitters. Set against flat planes of colour and confined within closely cropped compositions, the artist lends the people within her work a surreal, timeless quality by denying the viewer any form of narrative about their identity.”

Beautiful. Follow Sarah on Instagram, and find her available work at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

comments (1)

  1. Gail Cecilia Youster /// 02.23.2021 /// 9:29am

    Love your work. So unusual

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