Ann Korologos Gallery presents Sarah Lamb, a solo exhibition featuring dramatic still lifes by nationally acclaimed American realist painter Sarah Lamb. The exhibition is on view August 4th through August 16th at Ann Korologos Gallery in historic downtown Basalt, CO and virtually at korologosgallery.com. The exhibition is complemented by expressive landscapes by pastel artist Sabrina Stiles.
With a trained classical eye and extraordinary skill, Lamb celebrates the details of everyday objects: fresh flowers, silver vases, summer peaches, antique weather vanes, decadent cakes, farm-fresh eggs. Items that could be from the 1800s or 2020.
“Every one of Lamb’s paintings activates the senses,” reflects gallery director, Sue Edmonds. “Her work inspires participation from the viewer, encouraging one to lean in to smell the Magnolias or dip a finger in the Chantilly cream frosting.”
Lamb is fascinated with the textures of objects, an element of joy for the artist as she searches for her next subject. In a recent interview with Western Art & Architecture, Lamb reveals her passion for depicting texture early on in her career, and her fortuitous discovery of oil paint upon taking a 2-week workshop in Santa Fe with Jacob Collins in the early 90s as a graduation gift to herself, which led to the introduction to Collins' mentor, Ted Seth Jacobs. The medium, in the hands of Lamb, and through the guidance of her mentors, Jacob Collins and Ted Seth Jacobs, proved perfect to capture the color, depth, and texture of Lamb’s objects. “I’d been afraid of [oil paint],” reflects Lamb. “But once I started, it was life- changing.” Nearly 30 years later, Lamb is a nationally recognized American realist painter, who some consider to be one of the best contemporary painters in the United States.
Lamb always paints from life, arranging the items before her in complementary textures: an antique metal weathervane reflecting a red satin ribbon, summer peaches placed and reflected in a silver bowl, fresh olives gleaming in oil, a spring bouquet of gathered flowers in a glass vase tied with a crinkled raffia strip, magnolias atop luscious green velvet. Close observation in the reflective objects depicted by Lamb will often reward the viewer with the discovery of a self-portrait; the artist frequently wears red when she paints to add an interesting and subtle accent.
Sarah Lamb has had successful one-woman shows in major galleries in New York City, Atlanta, Houston, and San Francisco. She has been featured in magazines such as American Artists, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, and Western Art & Architecture as one of America's most talented young painters. British-born art critic John A. Parks wrote, "Sarah Lamb brings to her work a robustly sensual grasp of the world. Her keenness of eye and joyful brush make the whole enterprise feel freshly alive as she reminds us what the really wonderful things in life are." Sarah Lamb lives in Houston, Texas and Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley with her husband, artist David Larned, and their daughter Sadie.
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