An Urban Utopia
Optimists have their work cut out these days. If they’re not on the receiving end of rolled eyes and patronising sighs, they have to keep their chins up against a tide of seemingly unrelenting bad news. A challenge indeed, but luckily these resilient folk have a talent for finding silver linings on clouds, and even scattering them to reveal sunny skies.
One such optimist is urban artist Sarah Sculley, who is a brilliant example of what you can do with the right attitude, a vibrant palette, and a lust for life and your work.
Sarah is getting ready for her latest solo show, cheerfully titled, ‘The Brighter Side’. Due to open in February 2016 at Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane, she is currently putting the finishing touches on over 35 pieces for the show – all the art will be original, previously unseen artworks by Sarah herself.
The Brighter Side is a colourful, emotional and intimate exhibition. It is honest in its exploration of both the light and dark inside all of us, depicting the contrast between internal self-talk and the external self that is shown to the world. The series embodies both empowering and destructive thoughts and pairs those thoughts with dramatic figures, colour and stroke.
The show will portray these powerful images across various media, including canvas, skate decks, surfboards, and a number of limited edition prints. Sculpture will also feature, as will selected artworks for sale, and an extensive series of Sarah’s hugely popular Buddha stencil artworks. Larger pieces will fill entire walls, while another wall will be covered with an abundance of original framed artworks.
Sarah has now been in the creative art space for over 15 years. She studied a Bachelor of Design Studies majoring in Graphic Design and Visual Culture at the Queensland College of Art and received a scholarship from Griffith University to study abroad at the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. Since starting to exhibit her work in 2005, she has held international solo and group shows in Shanghai and San Diego, and been regularly featured in Australian shows, including recent group shows at the Lust for Life Gallery, and at RAW: Sensory, in Sydney. Since moving home to Brisbane in 2009, Sarah has evolved her work to include mural work and personal commissions.
The Brighter Side opens on Friday 19 February, 2016 at Jugglers Art Space, 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane (http://jugglers.org.au). Entry is free. Doors open at 6pm and guests can look forward to live music from the gorgeous Jo Davie, a cash bar, and original art by Sarah for sale from $40 – first in best dressed. It’s a perfect night out, really.
For more information visit www.sarahsculley.com.