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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.
The Other Art Fair Sydney
Interview with Sarah Beetson conducted by Saatchi Art
Come Together for Comic Relief
MAC Art Of The Lip
MAC Cosmetics Art Of The Lip, lipstick campaign
Coney Island Painted Polaroids
The first 50 in my series of Painted Polaroids, set to Michael Jackson's Carousel
Sarah Beetson's Coney Island Dream
In summer 2014, Sarah Beetson plans to create her own 3 month long artist residency in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY; her favourite place of inspiration.
Interview with an Illustrator - Sarah Beetson
Sarah Beetson interviewed at Scrapbook Live, an event & exhibition hosted at London's ColArt Gallery.
"Lost"
Creating Artwork for Amanda Palmer's "Theatre Is Evil" Album
Perth Fashion Week - Champers Hampers Driving Skills
I Dream In Celluloid