Jealous East are delighted to welcome Sara Pope into the Gallery for her very first solo exhibition with us. #Gorgeous will feature the artists trademark seductive lips through a range of media, including brand new neon light pieces, originals and screenprint editions.
Sara’s new body of work to be featured in the exhibition will aim to seduce. Lips and mouths in emotive poses are painted to a polished perfection: a version
of reality, more perfect than real.
‘We are surrounded by a visual stream of persuasion, through advertising, Instagram and social media, we experience repeated appeals to our unconscious desires. The more seductive the image, the greater the response. This has led to the rise of image perfectionism, where the boundaries between what’s real and what is created are becoming ever more blurred. Through the perspective of many years’ experience working in fashion and magazines, I explore this theme.
The starting point is a makeup brush and a lipstick. I paint a models lips, then, using tricks and techniques of makeup and lighting, I begin the process of creating the perfect lips. I ask the model to express different emotions which I capture photographically; using these shots as inspiration I begin the artwork.
The painting process involves several layers of thin oil-diluted paint being overlaid, blending and smoothing the colours extensively at every stage. Emulating the stylistic slickness of advertising, the result is glossy, perfect and irresistible.
Exploring the language of pop culture, the inspiration for naming the artworks comes from the names of current lipstick shades.’
– Sara Pope
All her paintings from this series start with a photographic shoot, a model and some make up. Sara is completely in control of each creative aspect, from
the makeup, to the lighting and finally taking the photographs. Exploring the ideas of communication, she asks the model, to think of emotions, love,
happiness or flirtation, which she captures photographically. Using the photos as a starting point she paints each piece by layering several thin layers
of oil paint. A translucent, glass like quality results, achieving a, ‘polished’ version of reality. 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.