Sarah Graham was born in Hitchin in 1977 and today lives and works in Letchworth, Hertforshire. She graduated with honors in 2000 from De Montfort University with a degree in Fine Art, Painting. However, her love for painting began when she was 8 years old, and only grew from then. As she describes it, “painting has been my first love for as long as I can remember”.
After graduating, she independently exhibited her work in galleries and art fairs for six years, but in 2007, she signed with a major UK fine art publishing company called “Washington Green”, and since then her work has become broadly available as prints and original works throughout the UK. Graham exclusively works with oil on canvas, however, her painting process involves outlining the subject matter first with yellow acrylic. She mostly depicts expressive still lives that allow her to satisfy her obsession with colour and to explore limitless aesthetic possibilities. Her influence stems from objects from childhood, such as toys, which can cause a sense of wonder and nostalgia, as well as from photorealism. Her interest in photorealism began during her years at university, however, she is not interested in portraying reality, but rather depicting the endless forms that reality can take. Recently, she has started incorporating both still lives subjects and portraits in one same painting, while she contrasts focus and blur.
Sarah Graham’s works are highly recognized internationally, belonging to multiple private collections from Europe, the United States, Australia, the Middle East, China and South Africa. Throughout her career, she has exhibited in many renown galleries from around the world, however, she also does a lot of commission based work. A few years back, the british band “Kaiser Chiegs”, commissioned her to design and illustrate the album cover for the album called, “Souvenir”, while she has also done commissioned works for the Standard Chartered Bank. Graham’s vivid paintings bring life and colour to any room they are presented in, while their subject matter brings us back to simpler times. As she continues to explore reality, colour and nostalgia, her work becomes further recognized in the art world.