Sas Christian/ Sas Christian

United Kingdom 1968

Painting

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Sas Christian
Sas Christian
Female
United Kingdom
1968

The outstanding hyper-realistic pieces by British artist Sas Christian evoke powerful feelings, often articulated through the expressive look of her subjects. Working in oil and acrylic on linen or board, she creates paintings that are recognizable by the oversized eyes of her mainly female characters. The portraits of her figures serve as a universal language of emotion, instantly conveying happiness, sadness, anger, fear, worry, pain, excitement, joy, and more. Her work is often compared with the art of American artist Margaret Keanes and her signature “Keane’s eyes”.

Sas Christian - It's A Sugar Fix, Honey (Left) / Lupine Bonbon (Right), 2014
Sas Christian – It’s A Sugar Fix, Honey (Left) / Lupine Bonbon (Right), 2014

Sas Christian’s Background

Born on January 4th, 1968, in England’s capital, Sas Christian was raised in Birmingham. In 1989, she went to Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design to pursue her studies in graphic design. In Bournemouth, she met her future (and present) husband Colin whom she married soon upon graduation. The couple moved to Florida in 1992, where she got a job in a printing company. Two years later, she resigned, and founded a “Hotbox, Inc”, along with her husband. The company specialized in custom made latex clothing and costumes. Additionally, they moved the business into commercial sculpture, producing statues and other decorative elements for nightclubs and restaurants. At that time, Christian visited various museums, and – impressed with the works of the “masters” – she began painting in 1999. She started with acrylic but soon moved to oils creating appealing ethereal creations of unearthly females.

Sas Christian - Home Again (Left) / Stepping Up (Middle) / Looking Backwards (Right)
Sas Christian – Home Again (Left) / Stepping Up (Middle) / Looking Backwards (Right)

Paintings of Wide-Eyed Girls

Christian attributes artists such as Tamara de Lempicka and Mark Ryden as her major influences in the way she paints her female subjects. Other influences include the world of anime and Japanese pop culture, fashion photography, movies, music, and mundane occurrences. Her youthful subjects directly confront the viewer with their large overly exaggerated eyes, button noses, and flawless complexions looking more like porcelain dolls at times then human beings. The intense look of her flirty, ballsy, weepy, punk, funny, intelligent, and often unusual girls lead the viewer into their mystic and bizarre world; one which blurs the limits between imagination and reality.

Sas Christian - Flip, 2015 (Left) / Cold Front (Right)
Sas Christian – Flip, 2015 (Left) / Cold Front (Right)

Feeling the Emotions through Each Painting

Sas Christian has exhibited her feminine portraits with ever changing moods in numerous individual and collective shows worldwide including such galleries as Opera Gallery in New York, Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome, Italy, and Galerie Magda Danysz in Paris, France. Her young damsels instantaneously grab viewers’ attention through the expressions that reveal their truest thoughts and emotions that range from sadness to happiness to surprise.

The artist is represented by Corey Helford Gallery.

Sas Christian lives in S. Florida.

All images copyright Sas Christian

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Pandora'S BoxAFA Gallery, Soho, NY
2010Hi-Fructose 5Th Anniversary Group ExhibitionCopro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA USA
2009Inner SpaceOpera Gallery, London, UK
2008Gen Art Vanguard ExhibitionMiami, Florida USA
2008Alter EgoCopronason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA USA
2008In The Land Of Retinal DelightsLaguna Art Museum, CA USA
2008FuroreDorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy
2008SupernatureOpera Gallery, New York, New York, USA
2007Gen Art Vanguard ExhibitionArt Basel, Miami, Florida USA
2007VenusRoq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA
2007At A GlanceCopronason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA USA
2006We'll Make A Lover Of YouArtCenter, Miami Florida USA
2006NostalgiaGalerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
2006TrifectaBellwether Gallery, New York, USA
2005Eye Of The IlluminatiCopronason Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2005Parallel UniverseArt Basel Miami, USA
2005Group ShowFuse Gallery, New York, USA
2005Looking InThe Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2005The Pony ProjectMilk Gallery, New York, New York USA
2005Idols Of PerversityBellwether Gallery, New York, USA
2005Culture ShockBuena Vista Building, Miami, Florida USA
2005Monsters Of LowbrowGreco Building, Miami, USA
2005Looking InBook Launch, The Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA USA
2005Four Powerhouses Of PopDC Gallery, Denver, USA