Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris

My work consists of limited edition screen prints that begin as pen drawings.  A limited colour palette is used throughout to enhance the line work, adding depth and interest through placement and tone.  

Having graduated in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design I had previously spent my career working within retail head offices in a variety of roles including design, marketing and buying.  I rediscovered my love of drawing in 2011 through an evening course at Leeds College of Art, which also reintroduced me to printmaking.  

I first began to work as an artist in 2012, and the following year I was awarded The Curzon Exhibition Award which gave me the opportunity to have my first solo show, Discovering Yorkshire, in 2014.  In 2014 and 2015 my prints were shortlisted for the Flourish Award, for excellence in printmaking, winning the People's Choice award in 2014.  In 2015 my Brimham Rocks print was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

I have always enjoyed the exploration of landscapes and I combine this curiosity for my surroundings with my practice, endeavouring to produce an image that brings you into the reality of that scene, whilst evoking a feeling of nostalgia and sense of discovery.

To start each piece I go out with my camera and investigate the subject, once back at the studio the image is interpreted into a pen and ink drawing, the same size as the finished print in order to retain the quality of line, the drawing is then used as a template to create the finished piece and block stencils are produced for each individual colour.  Each print is then hand screen printed using the finest mesh possible, with each colour individually registered to the next.

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