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Thick Abstractions: Printmaking by Sarah James

An embossed print of an abstract patternPattern 2, embossing and relief

Printmaker Sarah James’ practice is informed by, and overlaps with, her background in painting. The artist creates thick abstractions with an eye for geometry and colour.


A stone lithograph print of an abstract patternSanta Cruz, stone lithograph print

I like the way Sarah manages to achieve such a distinct texture in many of her artworks. The artist has a love for squares and rectangles, and is inspired by early Welsh quilts, which often featured intricate geometric designs. I definitely see this inspiration shining through in Sarah’s print works, which often layer raised patterns over monochromatic fields of color, occasionally breaking off into stark, black and white sections of curling lines.


The gallery of etchings on Sarah James' art websiteSarah's etchings gallery

Her paintings, in mixed media and watercolor, showcase the same appreciation for parallelograms, though they tend to operate on a much looser visual language. Sarah’s painted works focus on the interaction of fields of color, and the artist often selects beautiful, deep blue tones for the larger part of her works. Some of them remind me a little of the art of Jeanie Gebhart, and her large, flat strips of paint.


A painting of a grid pattern of squares in blue and green tonesVoyage 5, watercolor

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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