Sarah Stone is an artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited most recently at The Autry Museum, Ontario Museum of Art, MOAH Cedar and The Korean Cultural Center. She received a BFA in film animation and illustration, moving to LA to work as a set artist on indie movies. She advanced to Art Directing and Set Decorating films and network TV series’ including The Wonder Years and Freaks and Geeks. Between productions she established her skills in oil painting, eventually shifting her full-time focus to studio art.
Sarah creates colorful and iconic imagery that walks the line between classical painting and illustration. Her ideas stem from the collective unconscious (ancestral memory) chaos dynamics (the rhythms of change) and Bardo (the marginal spaces between here and after) often laced with daily observations of the wildlife around her studio. Her compositions express personal narratives drawn down into a land of dreams where an intuitive symbolic language emerges that is both contemporary and primal.
Sarah’s work has been described as surrealist and imaginative, which inspired her use of the descriptive: Imaginist. She has exhibited in galleries and museums around the United States including those named above, as well as Tangent Gallery, MI; Krikawa Gallery, AZ; San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, LA Municipal Art Gallery, LA Artcore and Memorial Union Gallery, ND. Her artworks are in private collections throughout the US, and have been featured in many publications including Unpsychology Magazine (2019), The Book of Sighs (2019), Art Muzeo Magazine, Pasadena Now, Creative Careers (book), and Pomona Valley Review.
My studio sits in a canyon at the north-western margin of LA County, an area known to fire crews as a Wildlife Urban Interface. In this ragged borderland I watch as nature persistently bends itself around the human advance like a tree’s bark growing around a nail. Acts of defiance and submission are evident in every observation. Fires ravage, but green shoots return through the ash. Frogs retreat, but lizards and rabbits flourish, attracting owls, hawks and coyotes.
Life is resilient, sometimes it’s insanely lucky, but it’s also fragile, a porcelain tea cup we all share. I create art to convey the energy of living, and an appreciation of being here, with all the other lives experiencing ‘now’ with us. My paintings are colorful visual stories that reflect our shared ride – intensely fragile, yet sometimes magical and durable – in this crazy teacup.
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I create colorful imaginist oil paintings which explore humanity, nature and the fragility of being.
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