Sarah Vivian – An Inheritance of Artistry

Sarah Vivian Inheritance of Artistry

Article in the “West Briton” Newspaper 22 September 2016

Penwith landscape artist Sarah Vivian, whose current exhibition is at the Alverton Gallery in Penzance until 29 October, is a woman with an impressive artistic heritage.

Her great-grandfather Thomas Comley Vivian was a well-known portrait painter, with royalty among his clients, and her great-grandmother Elizabeth Farquar exhibited at the Royal Academy. “It was extremely rare for a woman to have a professional artistic career at that time, but as a child she had the advantage of access to the studio of her uncle, George Cruickshank, who illustrated for Charles Dickens,” explains Sarah. “I still use my great-grandmother’s mahl stick, a time-tested tool for steadying the hand of artists during precision painting techniques, to create my own miniatures on a large scale.”

Using a dazzling palette of oil colours, Sarah’s method of painting also harks back to an earlier time. To create strong visual and emotional impact, she paints with great detail and in a heightened and intensified manner, building up complex layers of colour and texture, combining classic technical methods of “thin to fat and dark to light” with Pre-Raphaelite painting techniques layering translucent glazes on a brilliant white background.

Gallery director Roger Driscoll says: “Sarah truly captures the spiritual nature of West Cornwall so effortlessly. Her attention to intricate detail and colour creates unique paintings with a magical, hyper-real quality.”

Sarah Vivian: Landscape – In Detail is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30 am to 5 pm.

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Sarah Vivian – Artistic Inheritance

Sarah Vivian Artistic Inheritance

Article in “The Cornishman” Newspaper 22 September 2016.

Penwith landscape artist Sarah Vivian, whose current exhibition is at the Alverton Gallery in Penzance until 29 October, is a woman with an impressive artistic heritage. Her great-grandfather Thomas Comley Vivian was a well-known portrait painter, with royalty among his clients, and her great-grandmother Elizabeth Farquar exhibited at the Royal Academy. “It was extremely rare for a woman to have a professional artistic career at that time, but as a child she had the advantage of access to the studio of her uncle, George Cruickshank, who illustrated for Charles Dickens,” explains Sarah. “I still use my great-grandmother’s mahl stick, a time-tested tool for steadying the hand.”

Sarah’s method of painting also harks back to an earlier time. To create strong visual and emotional impact, she paints with great detail and in a heightened and intensified manner, building up complex layers of colour and texture, combining classic technical methods of “thin to fat and dark to light” with Pre-Raphaelite painting techniques layering translucent glazes on a brilliant white background.

Gallery director Roger Driscoll says: “Sarah captures the spiritual nature of West Cornwall so effortlessly. Her attention to intricate detail and colour creates unique paintings with a magical, hyper-real quality.”

Sarah Vivian: Landscape – In Detail is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30 am to 5 pm.

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Sarah Vivian – Artistic Inheritance – Article in the Cornishman Newspaper 22 September 2016