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Sarah Beetson

Sarah Beetson - Pop culture illustrator. Australia

Queensland, Australia
The carefully controlled chaos, rainbow colours and sheer exuberance of Sarah Beetson’s artworks have made her one of the world’s most renowned contemporary illustrators. Pop culture is rendered with a retro twist through her figurative line work, vibrant colours, sparkles and paint splatters, resulting in work that brings a refreshing and imaginative edge to her clients’ projects.
Working in fashion, editorial and publishing, Sarah has exhibited in galleries around the world. Spending most of her year in Queensland, Australia, returning to the UK for a few months now and again, she also takes on artist residencies, such as her project depicting Coney Island, New York. Sarah has a BA in Illustration with first class honours from Falmouth College of Arts. Influences include Antoni Gaudi, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Julie Verhoeven, Antonio Lopez and Jamie Hewlett.

Approach

Sarah begins by creating a background using spray paint, tissue paper and/or collage, which is applied to paper, wood, a photographic print or fabric. She then draws the linework in pen. The image is rounded off with a full range of additions such as acryl-gouache, markers, gel pens, crayon, stickers, vintage magazine clippings, beads, sequins, Letraset… and more.

Style

From out of the chaos emerges glorious illustration work that finely balances colour, line and texture for a unique effect – Sarah’s own personal take on Pop Art.

Client list

Sarah has been commissioned by clients including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Smithsonian Magazine, Penguin Random House, Ernst & Julio Gallo, Ford, EMI, Trader Joe’s, Monprix, Delta Airlines and more.
Forty Five Degrees
Forty Five Degrees
Sarah Beetson works on the Amanda Palmer bushfire EP in support of the Firesticks Alliance Charity in Australia.
Forty Five Degrees
Bravehearts
Bravehearts
Commissioned by Gold Coast City Council, Sarah Beetson designs and paints a Bravehearts mural in the local park.
Bravehearts
Coney Island Dreaming
Coney Island Dreaming
Sarah Beetson brings an exhibition of her bright and pop culture inspired art to Coney Island.
Coney Island Dreaming
Coming Together
Coming Together
Getting into the giving mood, Sarah Beetson draws delightful lettering for Comic Relief 2019.
Coming Together
Fox & Clo Lookbook
Fox & Clo Lookbook
Sarah Beetson applies her instinctive line work to Flo & Co's swimwear collection.
Fox & Clo Lookbook
The Village People
The Village People
Sarah Beetson creates funky border illustrations for last week's Big Issue Australia..
The Village People
Hatfish
Hatfish
Sarah Beetson creates an illustration for The Cut
Hatfish
T-Shirts on the Gold Coast
T-Shirts on the Gold Coast
Sarah Beetson creates a Surfers Paradise T-Shirt design for The Undercurrent Official.
T-Shirts on the Gold Coast
Signs of the Time
Signs of the Time
Sarah Beetson is part of the Gold Coast City Gallery's 'Signs of the Time' exhibition.
Signs of the Time
INSIDE OUT: The Dresden Dolls at Coney Island
INSIDE OUT: The Dresden Dolls at Coney Island
A peek behind the scenes as Sarah Beetson designs a poster promoting The Dresden Dolls’ NYC summer gig.
INSIDE OUT: The Dresden Dolls at Coney Island
Nuts & Bolts
Nuts & Bolts
Sarah Beetson makes charming line drawings for Writers Queensland Magazine.
Nuts & Bolts
Best Fashion Illustrators
Best Fashion Illustrators
Spanish Vogue reveal three of the best fashion illustrators!
Best Fashion Illustrators
Plants, Beds & Borders
Plants, Beds & Borders
Sarah Beetson shows her versatility with these superb floral illustrations for a book by Katie Rushworth.
Plants, Beds & Borders
Strung out in Heaven
Strung out in Heaven
Sarah Beetson illustrates a tribute album of David Bowie songs compiled by singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer.
Strung out in Heaven
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Sarah Beetson
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Sarah Beetson
In episode 12 of the Arrest All Mimics podcast, Ben Tallon talks to the Rainbow Crusader - Sarah Beetson.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Sarah Beetson
MAC's Art of the Lip
MAC's Art of the Lip
MAC's Art of the Lip
Sarah's Spring and Summer
Sarah's Spring and Summer
Inspired by the latest Spring/Summer fashion collections, Sarah Beetson gets creative with these effervescent drawings.
Sarah's Spring and Summer
A Coney Island Portrait
A Coney Island Portrait
Sarah Beetson creates an illustration of 'Gregory and Paul's' on the Coney Island Boardwalk.
A Coney Island Portrait
Wonder Woman!
Wonder Woman!
Sarah Beetson works for Smithsonian Magazine on this superhero illustration.
Wonder Woman!
Sarah at Supergraph
Sarah at Supergraph
Sarah at Supergraph