Born in 1959, Sara-J’s perceptions were formed against the backdrop of the dark days of apartheid. On completion of her studies in graphic fine art, she soon became well known at home in South Africa (Cape Town) and abroad for her original etchings, life drawings and oil paintings produced over three decades.
Sara-J’s work today captures moments in time that cannot be revisited. Using a blend of charcoal and oil, she examines the human form from different angles. She focuses on penetrating the external gesture and energy of the body to express underlying human suffering, sexuality and vulnerability. The artist only works with live models in her studio. Using line work, she blends nuanced aspects of Africa and Europe, expressing the vision of the Old Masters in a contemporary light.