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Flower Portraits - Oil Paintings by Sarah Deans


Wed 17 Oct 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm
Sun 21 Oct 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm

Where: Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, 2 Harakeke St, Riccarton, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


About the Artist:
Sarah Deans was born in Christchurch into a family of well-known professional artists. Her mother Eva (nee Hutton) Deans and uncle, Austen Deans both trained at the School of Fine Arts at Canterbury University and and Sarah was brought up within this classical art tradition.

She gained a diploma from London’s Inchbald School of Design, and upon her return to Canterbury completed a two-year study of watercolour as well as further study at the CSA and summer schools at the university.

Sarah exhibited regularly in Society of Arts Exhibitions including the CSA. Early in the 1990s she established her Sarah Deans Art School in the Arts Centre.

Sarah’s paintings are characterised by her bold use of colour and tone. In her work, Sarah explores the influences of the subconscious and spirituality on her experience of her subjects. Recently she has been focusing on achieving the same effects with oils and has particularly enjoyed the increase in size as it allows her to more easily obtain a rhythm and flow to her work.

About the Exhibition:
Portraiture is the artist’s interpretation of a likeness of her subject and a creative representation of their character. It seeks to look within and tap the essence or soul of the subject. Applying the concept of portraiture to flowers allows this artist to delve into beauty with abandon. Flowers have forever been symbolic. Collectively they symbolise beauty and the marvels of nature.

Focusing on the eternal truth of flower beauty Sarah has distilled the natural features of her subjects and enhanced them with the application of design, colour selection, light and balance.

By placing flowers as the subject of her portraits, Sarah Deans has symbolically and literally returned beauty to its rightful place in her world. The result is this collection of work.

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