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Spirituality and Mortality: An Art Portfolio by Sarah James

An inkjet print with blocks of colour and patternMordaith, inkjet and relief print

Sarah James is an artist who works in painting, printmaking, and photography, emphasizing large blocks of bold colour and repeating geometric patterns in her works. The artist is inspired by ideas of spirituality and mortality, and the aesthetics of historic quilting and tile-making. 

An art print with a geometric coloured patternAlhambra 2, etching


I like the sense of quiet complexity in Sarah’s prints -- though each work by itself tends toward a relatively simple composition, often using hard black and white contrast and primary colours, there’s an underlying sense of precision and technical skill that grounds each work and series of works. There’s something meditative, too, about the artist’s prints. Their visual simplicity lends itself to lingering contemplation, and lets the viewer notice details and purposeful imperfections. 

A screen capture of Sarah James' art portfolio


In her photographs, I can see Sarah being similarly drawn to large, dramatic blocks of colour -- whether those come in the forms of textiles, dishes, or other elements of scenery. The artist’s photographs represent periods of international travel, though their focus is on a much smaller scale.

A photograph of a market stall in OviedoMarket Stall, Oviedo

About the author

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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