Friday, 17 April 2015

Interview with Sarah Jane Moon

Interview: Sarah Jane Moon 
Inside Portraits
Mall Galleries Learning Centre, London
16 – 19 April 2015

For Sarah Jane Moon, painting is “fundamentally the relationship between an artist’s senses and the subject’s presence.” Having trained in portrait painting at Heatherley School of Fine Art (2009-2011), Moon went on to receive commendations from both the Royal British Society of Sculptors and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, from whom she was awarded the 2013 Bulldog Bursary.

Moon works primarily with oil on canvas and builds up layers, often painting objects in and out of the composition. She is keen to show her friends’ and sitters’ characters through both a visual likeness but also by the careful placement of objects that define them, such as books and postcards. Having spent some time in Japan, her work has a strong graphic element to it and she outlines her figures in black and flattens perspective, usually working from a photograph.

Her most recent work is her largest yet and depicts a dinner party with many of her friends crowded around the table, chatting and convivial. Above them hangs a stark black and white portrait of the lesbian author, Radclyffe Hall.

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