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Historical Artworks: The Art Portfolio of Sarah James

A black and white patterned etchingAlcazar, etching

Artist Sarah James was trained in painting but now primarily works in print media. Sarah’s prints often utilize geometric grids and straight lines, expressing the artist’s interest in the rectangle as a significant form in historical artworks.

A stone lithograph depicting a shadowed shapeFiesole 1, stone lithograph


I love the way Sarah incorporates this spiritual geometry into her printed works. While the artist’s works tend to be fairly simple in terms of color palette and form, there’s always a sense of great impact and meaning – the simplicity of the imagery lends the works a talismanic, symbolic quality.

A screen capture of Sarah James' online portfolioThe front page of Sarah's art portfolio website


In a few of her recent stone lithographs, Sarah has added a third dimension to her geometric forms, creating dark, shadowy images of rectangular forms in three dimensional environments. There’s a fascinatingly ominous sense about these works, both in the depth of the artist’s shadows, and in the stark appearance of the highlighted shapes.  

A stone lithograph depicting some shadowy boxesFiesole 2, stone lithograph

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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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