Sarah Jane Brown Secrets and Skies1. May - 3. Jun 14 / ended Off the Wall Gallery
Tuesday to Friday 9.30-5.30 sat 10.00 - 4.00
Secrets and Skies
This series is primarily concerned with the sense of space and freedom that comes from being in the unspoiled and open environment of the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Underlying this visual theme is another more personal one, a coded outlet for emotions and memories which surface in the course of creating each piece.
There is something about being immersed in the landscape that ‘stirs’ the space within and forms a part of us; my primary approach to it is therefore introspective and intimate.
I walk the coast path near my home in Pembrokeshire, collecting observations that are both visual and experiential. Meditative space and light, magical junctures of land, sea and sky, endlessly changing colours, reflections and atmospheric conditions… these are all ‘absorbed’ along with the emotions that are often unleashed in the process.
In the studio these observations become more expressive as I engage with the physicality of painting, sometimes verging into abstraction. The fluid and gestural medium of paint lends itself to echoing the sensations of being in the landscape, whilst simultaneously providing me with a secret visual language or ‘code’ to vent my internal thoughts and feelings. In effect, I am painting what I cannot put into words; a non-verbal dialogue.
Titles are phrases that cross my mind in the course of this dialogue; excerpts from poetry, half remembered conversations, or just snippets from my own windswept thoughts.
Sarah Jane Brown ”
Sarah Jane Brown‘s expressive style combines an array of techniques; staining and glazing in thin layers, sfumato blending, and often thick, textured impasto. Her paintings are usually an outpouring of personal feeling and sense of place. While all the works are recognisable as Landscape, they often retain some ambiguity, using the landscape metaphorically to describe thoughts and emotions.
In the last 2 years she has completed a 3 month Residency at Oriel y Parc (Gallery and Visitor centre for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park) and exhibited in Milford Haven, Llandeilo, Swansea, Cardiff, Hay on Wye, Doncaster, London and New York. She also had works selected for the ‘Cork Street Open’ in Mayfair and The Royal Society of Marine Artists at the prestigious ‘Mall Galleries’.
Sarah was born in 1970 and has been Painting for more than 25 years. She studied Art & Design at Pembrokeshire College, then specialised in Fine Art Painting at the West Wales School of the Arts. She lives in the heart of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
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