Sara is delighted to be welcomed into Jealous Gallery for her solo show #GORGEOUS, featuring her trademark seductive lips through a range of media, including brand new neon light pieces, originals and screen print editions.
Sara’s new body of work aims to seduce. Lips and mouths in emotive poses are painted to a polished perfection: a version of reality, more perfect than real.
‘We are surrounded by a visual stream of persuasion, through advertising, Instagram and social media, we experience repeated appeals to our unconscious desires. The more seductive the image, the greater the response. This has led to the rise of image perfectionism, where the boundaries between what’s real and what is created are becoming ever more blurred. Through the perspective of many years’ experience working in fashion and magazines, I explore this theme.
The starting point is a makeup brush and a lipstick. I paint a models lips, then, using tricks and techniques of makeup and lighting, I begin the process of creating the perfect lips. I ask the model to express different emotions which I capture photographically; using these shots as inspiration I begin the artwork.
The painting process involves several layers of thin oil-diluted paint being overlaid, blending and smoothing the colours extensively at every stage. Emulating the stylistic slickness of advertising, the result is glossy, perfect and irresistible.
Exploring the language of pop culture, the inspiration for naming the artworks comes from the names of current lipstick shades.’
– Sara Pope
The works were exhibited during April and May at Jealous East, Shoreditch and will go on to be exhibited at Rare Basic in Crouch End, from 15th-18th June before making their way to Jealous North. Join us for the private view on 15th June from 6:30-8:30pm, all welcome!
Rare Basic Ltd
Unit 7, The Courtyard
50 Lynton Road
The photographs below were taken during the #GORGEOUS Preview Evening at Jealous East.