Sara Genn is a Canadian-born artist based in New York City. After studying at York House School in Vancouver, Genn completed her BFA at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario. She was awarded the British Columbia Scholarship in Visual Art and achieved the highest standing at the North American Advanced Placement Art Program. In 2003, after yearlong sojourns in Paris and Seville, Genn relocated to New York.
“My paintings appear as color blocking, working to achieve rhythm, vibration, tension or halation. By reducing subject matter and external references, warm and cool associations can be explored along with motif, patterning, eye control and saturation. I use pouring, soaking and brush staining techniques to make super flats and voids on toothy, minimally primed canvas and raw linen. By referencing works of textile, the paintings seek to blur the distinction between high art and craft and the realms of art and domesticity. As its scale grows closer to the viewer’s, the painting becomes its own environment. As it shrinks, it distances itself as an “other.” Sizes echo the dimensions of domestic objects outside the realm of painting, though these paintings hold themselves up in their practical uselessness. Hinting at obfuscated iconography (a colourless rainbow, thought bubble, cloud form,) the paintings function merely as talismans for looking and suggesting, vernacular associations, as objects of disposable desire or momentary contemplation, and toil as totems to quiet rhythm and meaninglessness.”
Genn’s paintings have been featured on American billboards for Nissan Infiniti, The Toronto Arts Council, in film and television and in House and Home, NYLON Japan, Town and Country, W, Domino, American Art Collector, New York Magazine, LONY, and Tatler, as well as in the Rizzoli publication New York Parties; Private Views and for the Faberge Big Egg Hunt. Sara Genn is also a composer and independent recording artist, certified Gold in France.