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Sarah Thornton-Smith

Sarah Thornton-Smith

Hometown: Perth

Based in: Perth

Sarah Thornton-Smith is an artist who loves working with colour.

Her work with gouache on paper is delicate, ephemeral and echo the intimacy of the process and the temporary nature of her feelings through which our experiences and memories are created. The colour palettes in her work are derived directly from her photographic documentation, written notations and watercolour field studies. Sarah’s observation of nature and the subtle connection between colour, form, structure and light intrigues her and so began her conversations with colour.

Developing this observation through her use of ‘colour waves’ in the gradation manipulation of gouache allows a show of visual experiences that translates to experimental notions and ideas. Ideas like kinetic and optical visual play lend themselves to further experimentation that can highlight a memory or experience. Sometimes a connection is made and this is a gift in itself.

Arriving from Singapore in her early teens, Sarah was struck by the quality of the light here in Western Australia which contrasted with her formative experience of light bound by tropical lushness. Her foundation years at university further guided her to her lifelong fascination with colour. Being raised in a Malay Chinese household and crossed between the Eastern and Western cultures, the experience has contributed unwittingly to an enquiry of connections. The work Sarah conducts gives consideration to this underlying notion.


4 works for sale

Lux et Umbrae Apertures 3

Sarah Thornton-Smith, Australia

$ 40

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Shift by Sarah Thornton-Smith

Sarah Thornton-Smith, Australia

Mixed Media

$ 1,800

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Lux et Umbrae  Apertures 1 by Sarah Thornton-Smith

Sarah Thornton-Smith, Australia

$ 40

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Flow by Sarah Thornton-Smith

Sarah Thornton-Smith, Australia

Mixed Media

$ 1,480

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Sarah Thornton-Smith In The Studio

"Images | Rebecca Mansell"

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More About Sarah Thornton-Smith

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What inspires you?

Colour | Curiosity | Connections | Conversations

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Howard Taylor, Monique Tippett, Josef Albers, Karl Gerstner

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Gouache, scalpel

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Always start the day with gratitude and be present; your art practice requires the whole you, and nothing else.

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Where do you go for inspiration?

I look at nature daily.


Credentials

Exhibitions

Being Boring

2022

I Saw You

2021

Reservoir

2021

Safe Keeping

2021

Solastagia

2021

The Patterning Habit

2020

Tied Up With Strings

2020

Between the Eye and the Heart

2020

Scarp [The Alternative Archive ]

2019

Exhibitions

Being Boring

2022

I Saw You

2021

Reservoir

2021

Safe Keeping

2021

Solastagia

2021

The Patterning Habit

2020

Tied Up With Strings

2020

Between the Eye and the Heart

2020

Scarp [The Alternative Archive ]

2019

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