Sara started working on magazines as a designer and art director. After some years working in media, her passion for shoe design led to her to set up a business customising shoes. She was approached by avant garde fashion designer Robert Cary Williams to design a collection of shoes for his London Fashion week show, the success of which inspired her to study a one year footwear Diploma at the London College of Fashion.
She has since worked as a shoe designer for many high end brands, including Paul Smith and Lacoste as well as freelance catwalk projects for brands such as Baby Phat, Gharani Strok and consultancy work for Jemima Vine (brand championed by Pippa Middleton).
Sara’s early commercial work, in fashion, beauty and media proved to be the inspiration for her art. Working in oils and acrylic, she makes use of bold, attractive colours with high shine gloss. Her painting style imitates the slickness of advertising, whilst provocatively subverting its themes.
Sara is best known for her seductive paintings of bold, colourful, voluptuous lips. She aims to capture the glamour and seductive power conveyed by a pair of lips. All her paintings from this series start with a photographic shoot, a model and some make up. Exploring the ideas of communication, she asks the model, to think of emotions, love, happiness or flirtation, which she captures photographically. The painting process for these Lip portraits involves several thin layers of oil, being overlaid over each other to create a translucent, glass like quality. Sara is also known for her portraits, most notably having a portrait of the Pope accepted into the Vatican collection. Sara works in series’ or ‘collections’, painting a body of work with common stylistic elements and colour palette, as with seasonal collections in fashion.
Sara is currently represented by 17 galleries in the UK and internationally. Last year Sara completed successful solo shows with Jealous Gallery, London and Lilford Gallery, Folkestone during the Folkestone Triennial, as well as a joint London show with Magnus Gjoen.
2018 began with a solo show at D Contemporary gallery, Mayfair.
The Connor Brothers first burst onto the art scene in 2013 as mysterious twin brothers; Franklyn and Brendan Connor, who escaped from a controversial and enigmatic Christian cult called ‘The Family’. After perpetrating this fictional biography for 18 months, the duo decided to break cover. Truly, they are Mike Snelle and James Golding. The revelation of their identity has seen a huge increase in sales with their work having been sold alongside Banksy and Damien Hirst at Christie’s and Bonham’s.
The Connor Brothers work explores the boundaries between truth and fiction and shares similar contexts experienced in their lives.
Their work questions how we construct meaning from experience and regularly blurs the line between the two. Using collage to subvert the meaning of old master paintings and vintage romance novels, The Connor Brothers cast a cynical and penetrating eye at contemporary culture. Their work reinterprets objects from the past and in doing so provides a humorous commentary on contemporary societies obsession with wealth, fame and the unrealistic idealism of advertisings’ vision of relationships.
The Connor Brothers have recently been included in contemporary auctions at both Christies and Bonhams, and can be found in collections worldwide including The Victoria and Albert Museum. They have exhibited internationally and in 2015 curated Pussy Riot’s performance at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition. Their work is held in private and public collections all over the world, including, London, New York, Hong Kong, Germany, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
When Tamzin isn’t organizing events, putting on bands and running cocktail bars for some 3000 people at various festivals…
When she isn’t winning the hearts of the likes of The Strypes and John Cooper Clarke with her culinary genius…
When she isn’t featuring in prime time TV dramas…
When she’s not taking care of her family and farm complete with pigs, cats, dog and occasional cow that wanders in…
Available for commissions.
Lorraine Robbins is an artist and curator who works across multiple disciplines – including sculpture, performance and drawing. Born in Stroud and based in London and Gloucestershire, Lorraine creates socially-engaged art that is intended to provoke vital discussion.
Lorraine was an award winner in the Jerwood Drawing Prize, and was the first guest curator to be invited to work with Gallery Pangolin in London. Most recently, Lorraine has been creating a series of finely-detailed self-portraits to explore the idea of private identity in contemporary western society.
In 2015, Lorraine and Soozy Roberts launched the Hardwick Gallery in Cheltenham with their exhibition ‘Perky and Pinky’. A riot of real-life and circus influences, the exhibition explored ‘feminist themes and gender-specific symbols in playfully anarchic manner.’ The centrepiece was a life-sized plaster cast of a woman, styled as a poodle and poised on a plinth, as if ready to jump through a series of bunny hoops. It is a challenging and vibrant work – typical of Lorraine’s style – that raises a smile whilst asking difficult questions about the treatment and representation of women in society.
Daniel Sparkes works in the emerging genre of Comic Abstraction, which experiments with layering dark motifs over mundane objects or images borrowed (or snatched) from everyday life. Daniel is a self-taught visual artist and began his career by spray painting appendages onto billboards across Bristol. His work is now exhibited across the world.
Daniel’s work has been published in Dazed and Confused, Thames and Hudson, The Face and Die Gestalten Verlag. Clients also include Nike, Warp and Givenchy.