Colorful abstract artworks by Sara Pittman rely heavily on intuition and spontaneity. Her pieces are marked with thin layers of paint brought together to reveal an array of stories about people and nature. Through an array of colorful patches and carefully aligned blank spaces, created with a mixture of bold and calming brushstrokes the artist seeks to create a balance in her abstract work so characteristic of the nature she likes to paint the most.
Sara Pittman grew up in an artistic family in Montgomery, USA. Her mother and grandfather both had artistic careers, so the artist fell in love with art early on in her life. Sara Pittman started to paint as a child and received a lot of support from her parents which encouraged her to decide on the artistic career in adulthood. The artist studied fine arts at Huntingdon College, where she received her Bachelor degree in May 2015. In 2016 she was accepted into Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, USA which caused her to move from her native Alabama to South Carolina.
Intuition and raw emotions are the key guidelines of Sara Pittman’s artistic process. Her process is quite unpredictable as the artist always relies on spontaneity to lead the way. She paints in transparent layers of paint creating her world and telling a story with each new layer. She mixed bright colors with muted tones and combines loose and controlled movement to create a sense of balance in her work. Sara Pittman uses oil and acrylic paint as she feels that these media provide higher freedom for exploration. Conspicuous patches of paint are depicted in contact with pockets of negative space to evoke the feeling of travel through a distant world. By employing simple yet effective color palette young American painter is capable of creating an array of environments, whether it’s a wast forest or an abandoned path at dawn.
Nature and natural light represent recurrent motifs in Sara Pittman’s imagery, noticeable in many titles of her work including Dawning, Be the Light and Woodland. Alongside her abstract work the artist is known to create unique sculptures by painting on deer and longhorn skulls, to convey the notion of almost tribal spirituality. By painting a design that’s simultaneously sharp and fragile Sara Pittman creates pieces that resemble both geometric and tribal patterns. Her skull artworks represent a totally different approach for the artist who tends to move away from the gestural movement of her abstract work to create something controlled and precise.
Sara Pittman is represented by Matthew Rachman Gallery.
Featured image : Sara Pittman – Portrait
Images courtesy of Matthew Rachman Gallery.
|2017||Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones + Sara Pittman||Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA||Group|
|2017||PURE Experience Party III||PURE Experience Theater, Charlston,USA||Group|
|2016||Sara Pittman||Mitchell Hill, Charlston,USA||Solo|
|2016||Southern Makers Festival||Montgomery, Alabama, USA||Group|
|2016||Charlston Art Festival||Charlston,USA||Group|
|2016||Sara Pittman||Prevail Union, Auburn, Alabama,USA||Solo|