DUSK, recent work by Sarah Sackville

Main Street Sussex, Subway ~ Sarah Sackville

On Friday, August 30, AX launched our latest exhibition, DUSK, featuring the most recent works of Sussex artist Sarah Sackville. The pieces in Sackville’s newest exhibition present scenes of summertime dusk in the Kings County Area.

Thanks to the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for their support of this exhibition.

About Sarah Sackville

Sarah was born in Sussex, New Brunswick and left in 1997 to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, as one of two recipients of the Centennial Entrance Scholarship. She spent the summer and fall of 2001 travelling throughout Europe, painting. In 2002, she returned to Canada and settled in British Columbia, painting the forested West Coast landscape and the urban street life of Vancouver while becoming a journeyman cabinet maker. Sarah traveled to Jamaica in 2007 for the first time and fell in love with the people and its lush, tropical landscape, which she captured in several paintings.

In June 2013, Sarah returned to Sussex to pursue her career as a full time artist. Since returning, she has held multiple solo shows, including two shows at the Sussex Art Gallery in May 2014 and 2015, followed by an exhibition of Saint John Landscapes at the Saint John Arts Centre in 2017, “Nocturnes” exhibition in February 2018 and “A Continued Study of Saint John” in February 2019, both at the Buckland Merrifield Gallery.

Tom Smart, Art Director at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, recently had this to say about Sackville’s work: “Getting the light right is one of the more difficult aspects of painting. Atmospheric effect can create depth and mystery in a composition, lending a subject a believable, luminous cast that is a quality of uncanniness. A landscape’s essential truths are often due to the way in which its artist lays down colour and tone. Done properly, an interpretation of a streetscape or a house, an alley or an urban vista can come alive, telling a tale that is both about the scene, but also about the radiance that wraps it… In fact, several times while I was viewing [Sackville’s] chromatically rich paintings, I found myself squinting as if the light radiating from the canvases was too brilliant. Her technique dazzles.”