Exploring fractured narratives, Sarah Lederman’s paintings revisit memories of past places, people and moments. Varying motifs appear fleetingly across the surface of her paintings, from a Los Angeles palm tree to a couple engaged in an intimate moment. Imagery is often appropriated from art history, erotic illustrations, medieval manuscripts or children’s books. Characters can take the form of grotesque animal hybrids or human bodies engulfed in sensual pleasure; often whimsical they can be both erotic and repellent. Whilst her works often begin as drawings, the layers of paint eventually pervade and the figurative elements fade into the background. Lederman’s paintings reward the curious who seek to find hidden stories amongst the brushstrokes.

Lederman's work is held in international collections including the David Roberts Art Collection, London; Newhall Art Collection, Cambridge, as well as private collections in the USA, Hong Kong, Italy and South Korea. She has exhibited with the Centre for Recent Drawing, London; Kay Saatchi, London; Hopper Projects, Los Angeles; Sawyer Yard, Texas. In 2009 she was recipient of The Catlin Art Prize for emerging artists in the UK. 

Sarah Lederman (b. 1986) Lives and works in London

Exploring fractured narratives, Sarah Lederman’s paintings revisit memories of past places, people and moments. Varying motifs appear fleetingly across the surface of her paintings, from a Los Angeles palm tree to a couple engaged in an intimate moment. Imagery is often appropriated from art history, erotic illustrations, medieval manuscripts or children’s books....
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