Biography

 

Born 1974, England

Painter & Mixed Media Artist
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Sara was christened Sarah Jane but has adopted Sara Siân (pronounced ‘ Sara Shaan’) – the Welsh version of her name given to her by her Welsh Grandfather.

 

Sara currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband Dion and two children, Bethany and Joshua and ‘studio companion’ Marley, their Golden Retriever.

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Having completed a BA Honours Degree at the Liverpool John Moore’s University in Illustration, Sara successfully practiced art for a number of years in the UK whilst participating in various exhibitions before giving in to her urge to travel.

 

Sara spent a year travelling through Africa and South America before finally settling in South Africa in 2001. After that Sara ran a successful Graphic Design business for many years whilst focusing on raising her children. However, the burning desire to paint and create art has never been far from Sara’s mind and heart and is now once again her focus.

 

As a result of an abundance of beautiful striking architecture, the town of Brighton in the UK was the subject matter and inspiration behind Sara’s former work with the famous West Pier a dominant feature. This led to West Pier Trust commissioning Sara to paint the near-derelict Grade 1 Listed Pier which was subsequently presented to HRH The Prince of Wales.

 

Africa changed Sara’s creative focus however and her love of African wildlife and it’s people is a theme more recently coming through. “A need to convey the ‘raw’ beauty and emotion of my subject matter is my main aim”, says Sara. “It is important to me that my work connects with people in some shape or form”.

 

Working in either oils or mixed media with a penchant for including gold leaf, Sara’s current work is both striking and emotive, beautifully and skillfully capturing the essence of the subject matter.

Exhibitions, Competitions & Commissions

AFRICA ART COLLECTIVE @ THE MALL OF AFRICA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE JULIE MILLER GALLERY
Sept – Oct 2019
The Mall of Africa, Johannesburg

RAP DAINFERN, POP-UP EXHIBITION
Sept 2019
Dainfern Country Club, Johannesburg

ROTARY ARTS FESTIVAL GTC PORTRAIT COMPETITION

May – June 2018
Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg

JOBURG FRINGE EXHIBITION

Sept 2017
Victoria Yards. Lorentzville. Johannesburg

WEST PIER EXHIBITION

Jan 2000 – Jan 2001
West Pier Trust Centre

Brighton, UK

CLAIRMONT GALLERY EXHIBITION

July 1999 
Studies of Brighton Architecture

Brighton, UK

‘LIVERPOOL LIFE’, Artist’s Club Exhibition.

July 1999 
Studies of Liverpool Architecture

Liverpool, UK

‘CONTRASTS’, Solo Exhibition

May 1998
Studies of Brighton’s West Pier – Brighton Festival

Brighton, UK

‘POINTS OF VIEW’, Solo Exhibition

May 1997
First Solo Exhibition – Studies of Brighton

Brighton, UK

‘DRAWN FROM EXPERIENCE’, Exhibition

May 1996
Exhibitoion with the Liverpool Police Dog Department

Liverpool, UK

‘STRUCTURAL INTERPRETATIONS’, Exhibition

May 1996
Studies of Brighton Architecture

Brighton, UK

ARTIST’S CLUB EXHIBITION

Jan 1996
Architectural Aspects of Liverpool

Artist’s Club, Liverpool, UK

MERSEY FERRIES EXHIBITION – VISION FEST

July 1995
Liverpool Maritime Museum, Liverpool, UK

PRIVATE COMMISSIONS

2019

WEST PIER COMMISSION

May 1999
Commissioned to paint Brighton’s West Pier by the West Pier Trust which was subsequently presented to HRH The Price of Wales

USF COMMISSION

Oct 1998
Commisioned work permanently housed at Liverpool’s infamous Liver Building

VAT CUSTOMS & EXCISE COMMISSION

Jan 1998
Commission for a painting of the newly built Headquarters for display and promotional use