Sarah Larsen

Sarah Larsen

  • Artist’s Statement

    "My interest in art stems from a fascination with colours and the feeling of people and land around me. My endeavour is to capture the innate essence and spirit of life, not simply to create a mirror image. I predominately work on paper - frequently making my own, to achieve the exact feel I want, and canvas. I use whatever medium the subject dictates, mixed-media being my favourite. I paint about social issues which are important to me, enabling me to speak out through my art."

  • Biography

    Sarah Larsen was born in Nairobi, Kenya and was educated between Kenya and the UK and then travelled extensively after leaving school before settling in Australia in 1975. She has lived in Thangool, Central Queensland with her husband on their wheat property for many years and was able to once again focus on her art once their 3 children became adults. In 2006 Sarah undertook a lengthy tour through South America and gained even more inspiration for her art.
    Her local environment, however, continues to be her greatest inspiration, but also now her grandchildren with their fresh views of the world.
    Sarah was awarded a scholarship to attend the Julian Ashton Art School in 1995. She has continued her art studies through workshops with such artists as Andrew Sibley, Tim Storrier, Irene Amos and Judith White in the areas of portraiture, contemporary figure drawing and exploring mixed media. She has also studied at TAFE a computer course (1996), Workplace Trainer (1999) and for a Certificate in Business (1999) and more recently in the areas of art therapy, yoga and Reiki, all of which have given an even broader base for her teaching skills.
    Sarah continues to teach art privately and through holding workshops such as at McGregor Summer School and Grafton Arts Fest, but also has been Artist-in-Residence in several areas and has maintained a strong commitment to art within the community assisting in schools programmes, art therapy in a respite centre and even set design and backdrops for the regional theatrical group. She has also been actively involved in Flying Arts, Artworkers Alliance and the Queensland Arts Council (as President in Biloela). Sarah was the recipient of the Australia Day Cultural Award in 2005 for all this community work. She organised a series of workshops as a part of a recovery progamme after the Queensland floods of 2011, which had severely affected her region.

    Works can be found in the Banana Shire Council Collection, Livingstone Shire Council Collection, P&O Resort Heron Island Tour and the Caplec Art Collection, but her paintings have been acquired privately worldwide and she has completed many private commissions.
    Public Art Works - in 2009 Sarah completed sculpting a 3 metre tall block of sandstone as a commission for the Banana Shire Council as part of the Q150 Celebrations (depicting the local geography and history) and in 2013 completed the Flood Marker sculpture in Rockhampton.

  • Awards

    Well over 20 awards to her name, including 'Spirit of the Outback, Waltzing Matilda Prize', Sarah was also awarded the Callide Coalfields Julian Ashton Art Scholarship in 1994/5 and 1998/9. She has regularly been a selected finalist in such prestigious awards as the Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Art Award; the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the Bayton Art Award, the Queensland Regional Art Awards and the invitation only Tattersall’s Landscape Prize.

  • Exhibitions

    Over 30 solo exhibitions and invited entrant/exhibitor Tattersalls Landscape Prize; Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy in 2003; “Looking for Leichardt”, Leichardt Town Hall, NSW, also toured to Canberra, Emerald & Biloela.

  • Website

    http://www.artoncairncross.com.au/sarah-larsen.html

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Sarah Larsen

Far Horizons
14 x 21 x 4 cm mixed media $250.00