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s a r a h   j o s e p h     CONTEMPORARY Fine Artist

Sarah's journey as an artist began at an early age. She attended Holy Name Convent in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad where her love of art was allowed to take root and blossom within a vibrant art department. Upon leaving high school, she was accepted to Howard University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Washington D.C. where she graduated (Summa cum Laude) in 1991 with a BFA in Painting.

 

After taking time off to start a family, Sarah returned to Trinidad to teach art at her alma mater in 1994. Whilst there, she began painting again and was pleased to submit to group exhibitions with "Women In Art", Gallery 101 and the Art Society annually between 1995-1999.

 

Between 2000 and 2008 Sarah exhibited in several "two-person" shows at Horizon’s Art Gallery, Port-of-Spain. Utilizing a mixture of water-colours and acrylic on canvas she incorporated scenes of everyday life, indigenous festivals and explored the juxtaposition between fantasy and reality, celebrating the beauty of her natural environment within a semi-abstract vein.

Since June 2014, she has mounted numerous solo shows, venturing out to The Inner Gallery in Castries, St. Lucia in 2015, then back to Horizons in Trinidad in 2016 and then to the Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo and Art Ft. Lauderdale in 2017.

 

In her October 2017 solo exhibition, at Gallery 6 in St. Clair, Sarah paid tribute to legendary Austrian Master Painter, Gustav Klimt, whose work she has always respected. In November 2018, she contributed to Horizon's "The Cutting Edge" group show, held at the Trinidad Hilton, which showcased some of Trinidad's finest abstract and contemporary artists. 

Over the years her work has been collected locally by both private individuals and corporate clients such as Niherst, Kenson Group, Republic Bank Ltd, House of Angostura, Guardian Group and Trinidad & Tobago Defense Force as well as by clients in the USA, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, Guadeloupe, Barbados and St. Lucia.

 

Sarah moved to London in late 2019 and her work was included in the Huddle Winter Art Collection in Hammersmith, from June to December 2021. After moving up north in late 2021, she was invited to join the Walkley Edge Artists Group where she participated in their group exhibition "Our Friends Eclectic" in April 2022. She submitted work to Sheffield's Art in the Gardens in September 2022 and was delighted to receive the award for "Best Figurative & Portrait" for her piece entitled "Autumn Spirit" in the Open Exhibition. During the same month, she was honoured to have her piece entitled "Rhythmic Catharsis" included in the Patriartism - Blend of Greatness Exhibition in celebration of Trinidad & Tobago's 60th anniversary of independence.

Sarah was accepted to the highly respected Peak District Artisans in late 2022 and has many events carded for 2024 click here to find out where you can see her exhibit next.

The highlight of her career to date has been her recent audience with His Holiness Pope Francis, whom she presented with one of her original paintings on October 18th 2023. Her artwork was used as the cover for a book of poetry and song dedicated to Pope Francis called "The Face of a Listening Pope", written by the Most Rev Robert Rivas O.P. Archbishop Emeritus of Castries, St. Lucia. 

Sarah continues to paint toward her next events and is happy to take on commissions!

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