The first time I saw a Clyfford Still painting, I was completely transfixed, awestruck by its powerful presence.  Its soulful depth, meaty texture, dramatic composition, striking contrast - that space, simplicity and intensity were revelatory.

 

Whether I'm making an abstract or representational piece, I'm feeling the thickness and thinness, the drag, smear, stroke, scrape and blend of colour. Every mark is a decision in composition, a tactile balance of tension and cohesion; a distillation of life with-in and with-out.  

     Over the past 20 years, Sarah’s paintings have been exhibited in Toronto, London, New York, Bogota and Chicago.  They are part of private and corporate collections in Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA.

     Sarah studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design. In ’98, she was one of 15 selected amongst 2000 candidates to the Masters

program at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK.

       

    In 2007, she organized, curated and presented Parca, an exhibition of eight Canadian artists in celebration of Canada Day in New York, championed by the Canadian Consulate and former Consul General, Dan Sullivan. 

 

     Sarah recently launched her first collaborative project with the public in support of environmental charity, Nature Canada. Photo submissions from across the country will be turned into 200 paintings and limited edition giclee prints. The project will culminate in a Toronto exhibition in the spring of 2020. 

Born Toronto, Canada 1970

EDUCATION

2002         Artists’ Retreat with Harold Klunder, Belleville, On

1998-99    Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art (Painting), Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

1993-95    Associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (Painting & Drawing, Hons.), Toronto

1991-93    Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, (P&D, Printmaking, Photography) Halifax

1989-91    Dalhousie University, (English, Sociology, Philosophy of Art) Halifax

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013          Homage: A Prayer for Pig Island, Tremont Artspace, Collingwood, Ontario

2010          New Small Paintings, Communication Art Gallery, Toronto

2005          Journey, Lipman Contemporary Art, Toronto

                  New work, Russell Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario

                  Namaste: An Homage, Artecamara, Bogota, Colombia

2002          Dig, Revolver Contemporary Art, Toronto, Ontario

                  turf, Revolver Contemporary Art, Toronto

                  Dialogue, Forest Hill Gallery, Toronto

1998          New Work, The Link Gallery, Edwards Gardens, Toronto

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018         The Other Art Fair by Saatchi Art, Mana Contemporary, Chicago        

2016         TSCBF, Storys Building, Toronto 

2015         TSCBF, Storys Building, Toronto

2014         Pop Up Art Gallery, curated by Andersen Art Consulting, Toronto

                TSCBF, Storys Building, Toronto

2013          Art Gems Auction, Church at Berkeley, Toronto

2012          Gallery Retrospective, Communication Art Gallery, Toronto

2011           London Goodenough Association of Canada Fundraiser, Toronto

2009-10     Square Foot Show, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

2004-08     Whodunnit?, OCAD, Toronto

2007          Parca, 511 Gallery, NY, NY

2006          Summer, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY, NY

                 To the moon, Alice…, Heidi Cho Gallery, NY, NY

2005          Winter, Parts Gallery, Toronto

                 Summer, Lipman Contemporary Art, Toronto

2004          Winter, Russell Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario

                 Summer, Heidi Cho Gallery, NY, NY

2003          chockerfuckingblocked, The Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London, UK

1996-00     Annual Exhibition, Trinity College, University of Toronto

1999          Graduate Exhibition, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

1998          Reverence Lost w/ Drawnonward, Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto

 

MEDIA

2017          Critics At Large, Best of 2017:  

                  Donald Brackett: Beyond Borders: The Paintings of Sarah Merry (May 24/17)

2008.         EAPN Feature Blog Interview, Feb.  “Parca: Showcasing Canadian Art in New York”

2007          CBC radio 2 July interview, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, “Parca: Canada in New York”, 

2002          Risk Magazine, Cover Artist, July, August, October

SELECTED CORPORATE, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Consulate General of Canada, New York

Canadian Embassy, Bogota, Colombia

Trinity College, University of Toronto

Rudner MacDonald LLP, Toronto

Capitol Canada Ltd., Toronto

Design Lab, Toronto

J. Clark

G. Dalglish

A. Dyson & C. Sharples

C. and R. Field Marsham

Dr. F.L.R. Jackman

M. McRae

R. Phillips

T. Sweeney & G. Tiplady

J. & C. Willmot

 

CURATORIAL

2009-13       take pART, BHS art show fundraiser, Toronto

2011            London Goodenough Association of Canada Fundraiser, Toronto

2007            Parca: Canada in New York, New York

2006            Art of Caring: Gilda's Club, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL ROLES

2014              Director, Maple Street Studio Painting School, Collingwood

2006-14         Director, Huron Street Studio Painting School, Toronto

2007, 2011    Private Gallery Hop Guide, Women in Capitol Markets, Toronto

2006-07         Art Teacher, Pine River Institute, Shelburne, Ontario

2005              Volunteer Art Workshop Leader; Gilda’s House, Toronto

2003              Founding Director, Curator; COOP Gallery, Toronto

2000, 2001    Fine Art Director; Centauri Retreats, Welland & Bethany, Ontario

FUNDRAISING DONATIONS

2010 - 16       take pART

2004 - 08       OCAD Whodunnit?

2005              Gilda’s House

2004              Earshot! Concerts

1996-2000     Camp Oochigeas/Camp Amiki

1999              Millennium Artists Art Auction

1998              Camp Awakening

1995              Youth Challenge International

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