The Third Line is holding “Rainbow Clearance and Other Paintings”, Sarah Awad’s first solo exhibition outside of Los Angeles. The show featuring her 12 new artworks will last until the 16th of December, 2022.
The exhibited series of the large-scale colourful paintings is dedicated to the theme of isolation, but it is isolation in the sense of looking outward and inward rather than in a physical one. As an artist, Awad is excited by colours, mostly by those which are considered dissonant: on her canvases, she makes them work together.
Awad’s art is based on instinct and intuition. During her art making process, firstly, Awad uses the wash painting technique; the emerging shapes and colour relationships have an impact on the artwork’s aesthetic direction. After that, the painting is hung on the wall where the various shapes appear on the canvas. They predetermine the figures that are mostly feminine.
In 2001, the artist travelled to Florence where she was exposed to classical art which still has influence on her painting. A female figure that became (and still is) the subject of her art has its roots in Italian Renaissance and Modernism. Depicting her subjects as amorphous masses floating across the surface of her canvas, she prefers abstract expressiveness of the human form to following the traditional painting of the nude characterised by accurate anatomy.
Sarah Awad (born in 1981, Pasadena, CA) is a painter with Lebanese-Syrian origins who resides in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design and in 2011, she graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a MFA degree. Currently, the artist works as a teacher on the faculty of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine.
She has had her artworks displayed at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Blossom Market, Los Angeles; and Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles; LA Louver, Venice; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; and many other venues. Her works are featured in the collections of Dallas Museum of Art, TX; The Britely, West Hollywood; and Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles. In 2022, she took part in group shows at PRJCTLA, Los Angeles, and Chan Gallery, Pomona.
To get more information about the Rainbow Clearance and Other Paintings exhibition, please visit its official web page.
You may also be interested in visiting Baya Mahieddine’s exhibition.