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British Illustrator Sarah Beetson

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Sarah graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Illustration in 2002 from Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, UK. She won the Pentland Prize for Fine Art, Presented by Wayne Hemmingway of Red or Dead, that same year, and was commissioned to create 2 giant paintings based on the retro ski and tennis origins of the Ellesse sportswear brand, for their marketing HQ.

 

She spent the next 4 years in London working in fashion, illustration and design in-house, first as an illustrator and graphic designer at Yellowdoor, the fashion marketing company run by Mary Portas (of TV’s Mary Queen of Shops). Here she created designs for Thomas Pink, Sussan, Sportsgirl, Boden and Clarks Shoes, and was commissioned to create 4 large scale paintings entirely in tones of white for the launch event of the Clarks Pure range.

 

During this period Sarah worked as a styling assistant on an issue of Pop magazine under infamous stylist Katie Grand, also helping out at The Face magazine next door. She completed a 7-month print design internship at Stella McCartney assisting in the creation of designs for fabric print and t-shirts, and conducting extensive design research for collections. A commission followed to decorate the walls of the shoe room of Stella’s Bruton Street shop, which opened in London in 2003. She was then offered a placement in couture embroidery for John Galliano at Dior in Paris, turning it down to setup her own market stall, selling her printed and hand painted t-shirt designs in Camden Town.

 

Since then, she has built a career as a freelance artist and illustrator. Her extensive Illustration client list includes The Telegraph and The Times (UK), The Miami Herald, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), The Wall St Journal, Philadelphia Magazine, The Portland Mercury, Clarks Shoes, Ellesse, Diesel, La Perla, Tezenis, Kings of Neon, Yellow Rat Bastard, Readers Digest, Hachette Children’s, Scholastic Books, The London Magazine, The British Fashion Council, Perth Fashion Festival, IKEA, OXO, Dove Soaps, Knorr Soups, St George Bank, Ernst & Julio Gallo, Nicolas Wines, Ford Germany, Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, Trader Joe’s, Die Roten Punkte and The Dresden Dolls.

 

Sarah began exhibiting her work during her time in the London squatting scene in the early noughties, joining together with a creative underbelly of artists and performers and seizing the opportunity of free public space and utilizing it for 1 night only shows. She has since established herself as an international artist, exhibiting work in London, Paris, Portland, New York, Adelaide and Melbourne. She relocated from the UK to Australia in 2006, exhibiting her 1st solo exhibition “Bodies” at The McCulloch Gallery in 2007.

 

Her 2nd solo exhibition, “50 Bucks Bring On The Sluts” featured Australia’s 1st Art Vending Machine, donated by Pepsi Cola, which Sarah adorned with paintings from vintage Pepsi commercials, and had adjusted to vend artworks in Pepsi bottles at $50 a pop. Sarah created almost 500 works for the exhibition; all inspired by her 1968-1982 Playboy and Penthouse collection, and 50s Cult Gay Americana. The collection was made into 2 limited edition packs of playing cards, which rapidly sold out.

 

In 2008, Sarah made live drawings of Australian musician Nick Cave at his “In Conversation” sessions at The Arts Centre, Melbourne. Many of the resulting works were sold, several going into collections. In 2009, she took part in a group show with 50 Australian artists to customize a bottle of Belvedere Vodka, and was shortlisted for an award.

 

Belvedere purchased the bottle. Later that year she was presented in a group exhibition of emerging artists at the prestigious Metro Gallery in Melbourne. Sarah’s 3rd solo exhibition; “YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU EAT”, was a part of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Events Program 2010, and featured in The Adelaide Fringe 2010, for which it was nominated for an award. The show hailed a celebrated return to her roots in the fashion industry; seeing wearable art collaborations with 6 emerging fashion designers, a series of BMI (Body Mass Index) original art badges, and a collection of limited edition digital print silk scarves.

 

In 2011, Sarah presented her 4th solo show; “I Dream In Celluloid” – a study in her obsession with film and how this affects her nightly dreamings. Sarah kept a dream sketchbook in which the contents of her dreams were visually recorded. She received a $10,000 RADF grant from The Gold Coast City Council to create a giant digitally printed and embroidered quilt cover showcasing her dream sketches, sewn by Amy Lane, and a short stop-motion animation detailing the creation of one of the works, animated by Shell Weiss. The exhibition toured Gold Coast, Melbourne, London and Ottawa. She also created 3 mini series: “An Homage To Frida Kahlo”, “birth.art” and “Unsung Heroes”, which were exhibited in various Australian cities including Melbourne, Gold Coast and Broken Hill.

 

In 2012, Sarah was invited to exhibit work at Pick Me Up 2012 Graphic Arts Fair at Somerset House, London. She created a capsule clothing collection with Amy Lane, a series of 6-colour hand screen printed tshirts with Straight Jacket Press, Newcastle, and created Live Portraits of exhibition visitors on site. In July 2012, Sarah was shortlisted among 25 artists for the prestigious Metro Art Award in Melbourne, Australia.

 

The subject of body image is a recurrent issue within Sarah’s work, as are gender themes and subcultures, and the politics and perversities of popular culture, and her place within her cultural landscape. She counts 60s American literature, John Waters, cult film, Japan, rock music, decaying urban typography, and Coney Island as her inspirations, and divides her time between a picturesque farm in Queensland and a Motor Torpedo boat on The Thames.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Digital media LO2 development part 4

part four of my continuation with the development of the digital media project.

  

for this I chose the flowers for the background and a nude portrait to become the main image.

 now this was created by using the exclusion tool from the layers option. It has given the image a ghostly effect and the flowers almost replicate curtains covering up the nude as though to privatize her body.

I then took this ‘exclusion’ picture further by using gradient map filter to hopefully give the image a more artistic flare.

  gr -1      gr -2

Now the above images have been created using the same gradient tint of orange and purple. Gr -1 is slightly more abstract and the nude is not as noticeable because with the textures of the flowers and the use of a bright orange it looks as though you are staring at a nicely lit fire in a grande fireplace. Gr -2 however i feel has worked more successfully; the image has a darker quality around the nude figure so it is more prominent to a viewers eye yet it still has the depiction of fire due to the petals of the flowers.

  here i took a different approach from the original paintings and used the difference tool of the layers selection. The detail of this piece is more noticeable and is strong on both the flower and the female form; also the dark colours against the light purples and blues of her figure gives a nice contrast.

 gr -1     gr -2

 gr -3

once again I used the gradient map tool (I am becoming very fond of this tool) to manipulate the ‘difference’ image further and all three developments from this have turned out perfect.

gr -1:- the nude almost looks like damaged goods due to the effects of the different shades of yellow like a sculpture that is falling apart.

gr -2:- the contrast of cool and warm colours work beautifully together and give a dark and mysterious look to the female nude laying down.

gr -3:- out of the three I think this one is the most successful because of the strong and bright colours. The fact that the background is lighter then the subject matter helps to make the nude portrait the focal point of which is what i was aiming for throughout this project.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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