Sarah Barker Brown explores questions about our sexual, social and emotional lives via a cocktail of nostalgia, confrontation, pleasure and seduction.
In The Readers Wives Project, the source photographs of which appeared in men’s magazines in the 1980’s, she considers the homemade and the unpolished, the search for fun and playfulness and the flouting of convention.
Ordinary people, often in everyday domesticity but appearing to step momentarily into a secret life to play with their images and identities, are central to her practise. Working quickly in oil and experimenting with different painterly languages, formats and materials, she toys with our first responses.
Whether the paintings are sexualised images from magazines, a re-interpreting of ‘selfies’ presented to the world by adolescents or captured images of men who attempt to hook up on line, the work often generates powerful responses.
She is a London-based artist with a degree in Classical studies, a training in Footwear Design from Cordwainers College and a previous life founding and running a successful footwear company.
She graduated from the Art Academy with a First in Fine Art Diploma in 2017, winning the 2016 Kennerly Prize for Academic Excellence and 2015 United Society of Artists Bursary. In 2017 she was selected for the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize and a finalist in The Holly Bush Emerging Women Artists Exhibition. Recent work has been included in Beep International Painting Exhibition, 2018, RSMA Annual Exhibition2018, Discerning Eye 2018, both at the Mall Galleries, Sex! Human Construction and Human Connection at The Crypt Gallery and Diverse Figures at Burgh House, Hampstead. Earlier this year she co-curated and exhibited in Hidden Worlds at Newington Gallery, London SE17.
Solo exhibitions include Private Lives as part of her Artist residency at BFC cafe, Crouch End, London, Life Stories and The Lives of Others at her studio as part of the Crouch End Open Studios in 2018 and 2019.
Her work is held in private collections both here and abroad.