Contemporary artist Sara Pope is famous for her bold, seductive paintings of voluptuous lips. Taking inspiration from a successful career in the fashion industry (as a shoe designer for high end brands such as Paul Smith), and also her work in magazines as a designer and art director, Sara aims to capture the glamour and seductive power conveyed by the lips and mouth. Interested in questions of beauty, communication, consumerism and the rise of image perfectionism, Sara uses the perspective of her commercial experience to explore these themes.
The starting point is a makeup brush and a lipstick. She paints the models lips, then, using tricks and techniques of makeup and lighting, she begins the process of creating the perfect lips. She asks the model, to express different emotions, love, happiness or flirtation, which she captures photographically. Using the shots as inspiration she begins the artwork. The painting process involves several layers of thin oil-diluted paint being overlaid, blending and smoothing the colours extensively at every stage, sometimes she also mixing lipstick into the paint. Emulating the stylistic slickness of advertising, the result is glossy, perfect and irresistible.
Sara is currently represented in ten galleries in the UK and internationally. She has two solo shows scheduled for this year, in London and also in Folkestone during the month long ‘Folkestone Triennial’. She has also recently completed collaborations with BareMinerals makeup, PIAS music label and Saatchi&Saatchi.
Greis & Schiefer is proud to present a selection of her most outstanding artworks.
Recent exhibitions (selection):
09/17 Solo Show at Lilford Gallery, Folkestone
07/17 #GORGEOUS Solo Show at Jealous Gallery, Crouch End, London
05/17 Brighton Art Yard Sale, Brighton
05/17 London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy
04/17 #GORGEOUS Solo Show at Jealous Gallery, Shoreditch, London
11/16 ‘A Futuristic Woman’, Predella House at The Square Gallery, London.
10/16 ‘Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness, Only Light Can Do That’, Lights of Soho Gallery, London
06/16 Brighton Art Yard Sale, Jubilee Square Brighton with Art Republic
05/16 London Print Fair, Royal Academy
03/16 Lacey Gallery, Holland Park Group Show
01/16 212 Gallery Aspen USA
01/16 VCCP Advertising Agency exhibition
01/16 Love Hz @ Lights of Soho – Valentines Neon Art Show