Photorealist painter Sarah Graham has picked her five favourite artists in a recent magazine.
The Hitchin-born artist told Fine Art Collector about her “favourite five” an article that covered a range of subjects from her most loved films, songs, places and most importantly artists.
American printmaker Andy Warhol, who has an obvious influence on Sarah Graham prints, was one of the artists chosen because the photorealist said that the bohemian painter was “brilliant”.
German visual artist Gerhard Richter, who uses photographic imagery as a starting point for paintings, was called an “art hero” by Ms Graham. She told the magazine: “I discovered him whilst at Uni and from that point on I realised it made sense for me to combine my two great loves of oil paint and photography. As a result I create work which refers to the camera lens; yet on close inspection is a mass of subtle brush work.”
It was at De Montfort University in Leicester where Sarah Graham began to paint detailed portraits of her classmates from photographic source material and she has continued with this method since graduating in 2000.
Sarah Graham also chose her friend Charlotte Hardy as one of her favourite artists because she inspired her to pursue a career in art instead of staying in full-time employment.
Yorkshire painter David Hockney, an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, was another favourite artist because he is an inspiration to art students everywhere.
Contemporary artist Mitch Griffiths, who paints modern subjects in an Old Master style, was also selected by Sarah Graham as she was astounded after visiting his exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery in London.
Ms Graham said on her Facebook page that she created her painting ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in honour of her friend Lisa Sabine, who passed away this October after a long battle with illness. The original piece was sold from Artica on South Molton St, London recently although Sarah Graham prints are still available.
The artist said: “Lisa loved it whenever an original painting sold, so she will be very pleased. Sadly however it does mean we will have to keep its image in our minds, but as I always explain to people, I never feel I ‘lose’ a painting, although they are no longer with me physically they remain part of me, as will Lisa.”
British designer Helen Rochfort joined forces with Ms Graham to create a limited edition of handbags.Immobilienmakler Heidelberg Makler Heidelberg
Source by Martin Hofschroer