Sarah Awad, ‘The Actors’, 2017, Night Gallery

About Sarah Awad

Painter Sarah Awad’s vividly colorful and sensual exploration of the female nude is in dialogue with Fauvism, Color Field abstraction, and the Neo-Expressionist works of the 1980s. Rather than merely importing elements from these art historical movements, Awad depicts her female subjects floating in indeterminate landscapes, as amorphous masses moving freely across the surface of her canvas. She combines the heavy layering of oils and sweeping gestures with intersecting geometric planes and abstract landscapes. Her works lack the rigorous anatomical study most often associated with the tradition of painting the nude and instead celebrate the vitality and expressiveness of the human form.

American, b. 1981, based in Los Angeles, California