AX Residency, A Year of Light by Sarah Sackville

April 13 – May 22, 2023

Launch: April 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


AX is pleased to welcome artist Sarah Sackville to the gallery with her newest exhibition, AX Residency, A Year of Light. Sarah has spent the year of her AX residency on a collection of over 50 paintings, both rural and in town, mainly viewed from the perspective of a moving car. The work is an attempt to capture an entire year of lighting, mostly at dusk, and showcase how the seasons affect light and colour. 

Join us on Friday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. for the exhibition launch. Stay tuned for details. 

About the Artist

Sarah Sackville is from Sussex, New Brunswick. Upon completing studies at the Nova Scotia College of Design in 2001, she set off travelling ready to paint her inspiration. Her brush found expression in the lush temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, the vibrant beach communities of the Caribbean, and historical cityscapes of Western Europe. With worldly eyes Sarah returned to Sussex in 2013 and discovered that her perception of her childhood home had changed by her experiences abroad. Things that were once unremarkable now seemed unique and captivating. She currently paints local New Brunswick scenery, hoping to direct the viewer to the magic in day-to-day life.

Sarah’s painterly style uses realism to anchor the spectator in the familiar. Skillfully using colour and light, Sackville effectively blends the real and surreal, elevating the ordinary to the valued and beautiful.

“Hers is a rare painterly magic that can make such common, everyday scenes, which might easily be overlooked, resonate with something essentially true. More short stories than novels, Sackville’s gift lies in her deft manipulations of the grammars of hue, line, tone, and contrasts that gets to the heart of a subject” – Tom Smart, Director, Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Virtual Exhibition

Tour the virtual exhibition, and click on the pieces for information and to purchase.


Sarah Sackville and AX would like to thank ArtsNB for support of this project through the Artist in Residency program.