#ContemporaryArtMonday: Sarah Young

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Posted 2nd April 2018

Sarah Young

Sarah Young is an artist who crosses traditional boundaries of art and craft. She is a printmaker, painter, designer, illustrator and maker, but there is no elitism in Sarah's work: her paintings sell for thousands of pounds but she also creates tea towel cloth kits, so anyone with a needle and thread can make their own version of her wonderful designs, or just dry up the dishes on them.

Sarah works from her studio in Brighton, Atelier 51, on the South coast of England. Following a Foundation Diploma at Reigate School of Art and Design, she studied Illustration at Brighton. After busking as a pavement artist she set up a travelling puppet theatre with Jon Tutton.

They toured many venues with their theatre and at the same time Sarah built up a portfolio of illustration work, and they started making jewellery, toys and prints.

Her work is often narrative, inspired by and referencing, myth, folk tales, circus and burlesque imagery.

This approach has been incredibly successful: her work can be found at a range of galleries throughout the UK and she has been commissioned by a variety of prestigious publishers, her last bookcover for Penguin was for Stephen Fry's book Mythos.

As a printmaker Sarah makes and prints lino and wood cuts, screenprints and collagraph. And of course mixtures of these together!

Sarah is also founder and director of Brighton Art Fair, MADE Brighton and Made London Design and Craft Fair.

See Sarah's work in our Watts Contemporary Exhibition, Horses in Art Reimagined, on display until 15 April.

Banner image: Sarah Young, Pegasus