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Sarah Beetson

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When Sarah Beetson was seven years old, she had three ambitions – to win Wimbledon, to be a rock star, and to illustrate a children’s book like Quentin Blake. She’s come pretty close to meeting that third ambition, and has major clients in fashion, editorial and publishing. She also shows in galleries around the world. Sarah spends most of her year in Queensland, Australia, returning to the UK for a few months now and again, on top of her other globetrotting endeavours such as a three-month artist in residency at Coney Island, New York.

Training

Sarah received a first class BA in Illustration from Falmouth College of Arts.

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 using Pilot G Tec C pens. The image is rounded off with a full range of mixed media that can include 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. Pop culture and plenty of vintage influences shine through in Sarah’s work. Her rock t-shirt collection includes shirts for Purple Rain, The Wall, Live Aid '85, Rebel Yell and the Joshua Tree. She’s also inspired by space travel, Coney Island, Americana, film director John Waters and artists like Antoni Gaudi, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Julie Verhoeven, David Downton, Antonio Lopez and Jamie Hewlett.

Client list

Smithsonian Mag The Sunday Times The Telegraph The Wall Street Journal The Miami Herald Penguin Books The British Fashion Council Reader's Digest Delta Airlines Trader Joe's Compendium Inc EMI Records Ford Germany Ernst & Julio Gallo Monoprix
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Parrot wings wall mural
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Kit Neale illustration by Sarah Beetson
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Exotically John Galliano illustration by Sarah Beetson
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Sarah has some lovely attention to detail to her work. I like her playful hand and her great marriage of typography with her illustration, it was the perfect combination for what I was looking for. She's also a great person to work with!
Ash Patel, Mr Patel
Working with Sarah was a great experience. The long distance did not interfere with her understanding of our needs and her commitment to give us more than what we paid for. She is a talented artist and a wonderfully pleasant professional.
Noga Brienes
Thank you Sarah! It’s been a good experience and I am stoked with the outcome; your talent and can-do attitude will take you anywhere you want in life, I have no doubt! It’s the little things that make them great... aside from Sarah’s talent her attitude was appreciated above all.
Eddie Reid, Fox & Clo
I was drawn to Sarah's work through her vivid use of color, her unique texturing and layering process, her dynamic composition---especially involving the human form---and her solid mastery and incorporation of art forms of days-gone-by. She is the real deal, an artist, as well as illustrator. With those qualifications---who else to choose to illustrate a story about the history of Wonder Woman? Sarah was in the middle of a summer-long project when I proposed the assignment, but she graciously accepted because she was excited about it. That made two of us! Sarah was cooperative and open-minded throughout the process. She sent along great concepts, and was aware of and adherent to our stringent deadlines. I could not have wished for a better experience or outcome. The illustration is an energetic and formidable piece. Everyone at the magazine is thrilled with it, and we certainly hope that we get to work with Sarah in the future.
Maria Keehan, Smithsonian Magazine