Sara Genn, "Never let go of the fiery sadness called desire." (Matsuo Basho)

S.O.S.
S.O.S.
SG222
acrylic, canvas
48 x 48 in.
$6,900 CAD


INGENUE
INGENUE
SG221
acrylic, linen
36 x 72 in.
$10,000 CAD


TOTEM FOR A FAWN
TOTEM FOR A FAWN
SG220
acrylic, linen
36 x 36 in.
$5,000 CAD


THE GOOD NEWS
THE GOOD NEWS
SG219
acrylic, canvas
24 x 24 in.
$3,640 CAD


WOLF DREAM
WOLF DREAM
SG218
acrylic, canvas
24 x 24 in.
$3,640 CAD


THE NEXT BLUE SKY
THE NEXT BLUE SKY
SG217
acrylic, canvas
24 x 24 in.
$3,640 CAD


RECENT MEMORY
RECENT MEMORY
SG216
acrylic, canvas
24 x 24 in.
$3,640 CAD


PINK MOON
PINK MOON
SG215
acrylic, canvas
24 x 24 in.
$3,640 CAD


GIRL AND SUN
GIRL AND SUN
SG214
acrylic, canvas
24 x 24 in.
$3,640 CAD


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Sara Genn, "Never let go of the fiery sadness called desire." (Matsuo Basho)


“Obos” is a Japanese term for a pile of rocks on top of one another. The obos merely says, “I was here.” A balanced, obvious rock pile, the obos is the creation of human hands. Also, if it is knocked down or desecrated, it is easily rebuilt. It serves as a symbolic sanctuary, a place of refuge and contemplation, a hideout, a shrine, a place of new direction.

The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and its principles -- asymmetry, asperity (the roughness or irregularity of things,) simplicity, austerity and intimacy nudge toward the striving for balance, rhythm, harmony and defiant softness. It’s an aesthetic that guides all of my work."

Sara Genn is a Canadian-born artist living in New York City. She exhibits in Canada and the US, with collectors in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia. She graduated with a BFA from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario in 1994. She is the daughter of Canadian artist Robert Genn, the younger sister of Canadian musician Dave Genn and the twin sister of Canadian film and television director James Genn. Genn has been showing her work professionally since the age of 18 and sold out her first solo exhibition at the age of 19.

Sara Genn is best known for her sensitive use of colour and patterning in soft-edge abstractions. She often references the landscape, personal objects or textile design in an effort to shift our perception of the traditions of painting and craft. Her work exhibits a mastery of colour concepts and a deliberate, hand-made record of an internal world. Genn has painted on location in Italy, France, the Canadian Rockies, California, New York, Hawaii, Australia and in the Arctic and counts her plein-air practice as an integral informant to her work as an abstractionist.

Genn’s paintings have been featured on American billboards for Nissan Infiniti, The Toronto Arts Council, in film and television and in Canadian House and Home, NYLON Japan, Town and Country, W, Domino, American Art Collector, New York Magazine, LONY, and Tatler, as well as in the Rizzoli publication New York Parties; Private Views and for the Faberge Big Egg Hunt. Sara Genn is also a composer and independent recording artist, certified Gold in France and publishes a twice-weekly letter on art that carries over fifty thousand direct subscribers.

Born on 1972 in White Rock, BC. Nationality is Canadian

Education

BFA Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1994
York House School, Vancouver, BC, 1990

Exhibitions

SELECTED SOLO + JOINT EXHIBITIONS

2017 Like Father Like Daughter (with Robert Genn), Canada House, Banff, AB
2016 Feature, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON
2015 Different Strokes (with Joshua Webster), Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Recent Travels (with Robert Genn), Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
2011 Recent Paintings (with Robert Genn), Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
2010 Winter Paintings, Illuminated Metropolis Gallery, New York, NY
White, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Objects of Desire, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2009 Recent Paintings, Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
The Art of Collecting, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY
2005 Surfacing, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
2003 Desire Paintings, Diane Farris Gallery (for City TV), Vancouver, BC
Fresh, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
Fresh, Gallery 83, Vancouver, BC
2002 Desire Paintings, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
2001 MacKenzie Sketch, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
MacKenzie Sketch, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
MacKenzie Sketch, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC
Destination, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC
2000 Powder Scenes, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
Powder Scenes, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC
Powder Scenes, Ruby Street Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999 Sketches of Spain, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC
1997 The Quilt Concept, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
Scapes, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
1996 The Quilt Concept, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
The Bayeaux Tapestry, Humberston Edwards, West Vancouver, BC
The Bayeaux Tapestry, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC
1995 The Children's Illustrated Dictionary, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
1994 The Children's Illustrated Dictionary, Humberston Edwards, West Vancouver, BC
The Shakespeared Puritan, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
1993 The Shakespeared Puritan, Sheck Galleries, Calgary, AB
1992 The Shakespeared Puritan, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC
The Shakespeared Puritan, Humberston Edwards, West Vancouver, BC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 That Night In Toronto, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON
2016 Investigating Abstraction Today, LeClerc Contemporary, Norwalk, CT
Free Arts, Free Arts NY, New York, NY
Veronica Beard, Veronica Beard, New York, NY
2015 10-20, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON
Art For The Heart, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2013 Manhattan House , Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY
Eighteen Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY
2012 Manhattan House , Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY
Eighteen Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY
2011 Eighteen Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON
Spirit Of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC
The Holiday Show, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
A Modern Manhattan Salon, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY
Full Circle, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Warer Mill, NY
2010 Review/Preview, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Pocket Calls to Nature, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, NY
Illuminated Metropolis Group Show, Marian Spore, Brooklyn, NY
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY
Homecoming, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2009 August Selections, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Holiday Miniatures, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
Sixteen Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
Joy of Winter, Adele-Campbell, Whistler, BC
2008 July Exhibit, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Holiday Miniatures, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
Lake O'Hara, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC
2007 Halcyon Days, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Clear Blue Sky, Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY
Opening, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
Holiday Miniatures, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
Anniversary, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
2006 First Encounter, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Reopening, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC
Diva, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC
Joy of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC
2005 Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artist's Space, New York, NY
2004 Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artist's Space, New York, NY
Joy of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC
Dorothy's Waffle, samplesize, Toronto, ON
2003 Opening, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
A Study In White, Herald Square (for Nissan Infiniti), New York, NY
2002 Small Works, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Holiday Miniatures, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
Joy of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC
Feel Good Art, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
New Artists in a New Gallery, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Anniversary, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
2001 Invitational, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Powder Scenes, West End Gallery, Victoria, BC
Self Portraits 11, Bruce, Vancouver, BC
Joy of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC
MacKenzie Sketch, False Creek Art Consulting, Vancouver, BC
The Fall Collection, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000 Invitational, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
From Around The World, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
MacKenzie Sketch, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

1996 Treasured Moments, The MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
1994 The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON

Collections

United Way
Crown Life
Beringa, Vancouver, BC
Clark, Wilson and Associates, Vancouver, BC
Peace Arch Hospital
The Surrey Cancer Clinic
Canuck Place, Vancouver, BC
Blackmont, Vancouver, BC
York House School Archives
Queen's University Alumni Archives

Publications

Lonny Magazine
Jamee Gregory, New York Parties, Private Views (Rizzoli), 2010
LXTV OpenHouseNYC
W
New York Post
Canadian House and Home
Town and Country
FLARE
American Art Collector
MacLeans
Canadian Living
NYLON, Japan, April 2007
American Art Collector, March 2007
Robin Laurence, Small Wonders, Georgia Straight, December 2006
Gillian Duffy, Gilded to Perfection, New York Magazine, November 2006
Jeffrey Podolski, Nude York Times, Tatler, October 2006
A Study In White, Vogue, February 2004
Deirdre Kelly, RADAR, Elle Canada, May 2003
Sara Genn, International Showcase, International Artist, April/May 2003
Danyael Halprin, You Gotta Have Heart, The Calgary Straight, June 2002
Robert Genn, Father and Daughter, Art Avenues, June 2002
Marisa Babic, Incredible Journey, Now, September 2001
Sarah Reeder, Young Punks, Fashion Vancouver, April 2001
Gloria Sully, Leadership In The Arts, The York Rose, September 2000
Alex Browne, Big Picture, Little Picture, The Peace Arch News, February 1996
Bernice Huxtable, A Vintage Affair, The Peace Arch News, December 1995
Debbie Malyk, Beginnings, Pennisula Magazine, June 1992

Commissions

1997 United Way, Burnaby, BC

Credits

SELECTED PROJECTS

The Letters, 2013 - ongoing
Natasha Schlesinger, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY, 2015
Magnises, New York, NY, 2015
Heli-painting in the Bugaboos, CMH Bugaboos, Canada, 2012, 2013
From Plein-air to Abstraction, Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC, 2012, 2013
Colour, Commitment, Creativity, Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC, 2011
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York NY, 2011-2013
Installation, Pickett's Press, Voltz-Clarke, New York, 2011
Panelist, Northern Voice, Vancouver, 2010
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, 2010
Installation, Adrian DeBerardinis, Voltz-Clarke, New York, 2010-2013
Installation, Katie Lydon Design, New York, 2010
The Art of Collecting, Voltz-Clarke, New York, 2009
Residency, Lucca, Italy 2008
Lake O'Hara and other Rocky Mountain Projects, 2006-2010
A Study In White, Nissan Infiniti, New York, 2004
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, 2004
Art Doesn't Imitate Life, The Toronto Arts Council, Toronto, 2003
United Way Community Harmony Tapestry, Vancouver, 2001
Wild Salmon City, Vancouver, 2001
Saraphina Mosey, 1998 - 1999

SELECTED CHARITABLE AFFILIATIONS

UNICEF
FREE ARTS NYC
BC Children's Hospital Foundation
Variety
Nikkei National Museum
Toronto Arts Council
BC Center for Ability
A Loving Spoonful
Big Sisters
Wings Over Wall Street
United Way
York House School Foundation
Surrey Cancer Clinic
Art For Life
Scotiabank Dance Center
Fashion Cares
Steelhead Society of British Columbia
Canuck Place
Surrey Memorial Hospital
Peace Arch Hospital
The Surrey Arts Council
White Rock Women's Place