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About

A Sarah Delaney painting is a portal into a conversation. You can read the questions, responses, reactions and tangents emerging as the piece develops. Although the medium is not a literal dialogue, the colour, gesture, pattern, and movement within the canvas reflect one expressive moment leading to the next. In Naramata, for example, early areas of wash, each only slightly overlapping, spur more specific strokes and lines in response. These are partially covered themselves by further patches or washes of colour, and then more thickly applied forms, interacting but not burying, the earlier compositional elements. 

 

Delaney’s spontaneity of form suggests gestural abstraction, or action painting, while her expression is meditative and contained in scale. Her choice, placement and form of colour gestures offer a visual equivalent to a spoken exchange, where the development of ideas in succession says something beyond any single phrase or sentence.  While colourists such as Rothko showed us the worlds within a single colour, Delaney arranges colour statements beside and atop of each other. She does not clutter them, but encourages their space and interplay, shifting stroke and shape in whimsical but sensitive responses. Two-dimensional visual art is typically non-temporal, reflecting a still instant. There is only a single frame, with no passage of time needed to perceive it. There is a distinction here from other art forms that do play out through time. Film, for example, involves a succession of frames. As is true for words in speaking or writingDelaney’s paintings defy this distinction, as there is a clear succession, through time, of interactions. 

 

The sense of events unfolding is central to Delaney’s broader intentions. While the variety of small marks and reactions that characterize her work are unforced and organic, they combine to tell a story. There is such intention and care, however spontaneously applied, that we recognize a statement without necessarily speaking the language. Each painting seems to say something specific. There is familiarity, yet each feels unique to one’s own viewing, and reminiscent only of itself. The work seems both knowable and ambiguous. Materially real yet mystic.  

 

Delaney selects and creates colours, symbols, and simplified forms referencing the landscape of her home, British Columbia. She has a deep relationship with her surroundings, and her work embraces the stimulating locality within a wider breadth characterized by this large and varied province. There are no obvious tropes that would mark Delaney’s paintings as decidedly British Columbian, however across her body of work there is a palette that quietly impresses itself as northern and coastal. She notes elements of synaesthesia in her own perception and experience, associating letters or numbers with particular colours, and colours or smells as transportative to place or memory. And there is certainly something reminiscent and associative in the visual fragments Delaney collects. They are local. But she is careful to avoid any obvious or explicit reference to the geography, topography, flora and fauna that inspire her.  

 

The dexterity of motion, speed and equipment in Delaney’s vocabulary within gesture alone affords her an accuracy and specificity in her commentary on patterns that occur in nature, without the need to represent them literally. She has taken in, for example, the character of lines in migration patterns of birds in flight, or animals on land. Painting lines reflecting her meditative observations flow naturally rather than self consciously. And because she frees herself and us from literal context, her patterning resonates with a range of scales just as natural patterns do. The views can be similar through a microscope and a satellite image. Delaney herself travels from close examination of her immediate outside surroundings to the arial-view photography of Yann Arthus-Bertrand and David Burdeny.  

 

Delaney offers something contained and humble, yet generously resonant, in each of her pieces, suggesting qualities in the artist herself. We encounter a person and a practice deft at balance, alive between roots and flight, smallness and expanse, stillness and dancing. 

 
 
 

Originally from a small town in North Western Ontario, Sarah moved the the coast to pursue art in 2004. She currently lives in Vancouver where she works as an artist.

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GROUP AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 The Causal Effect, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver BC (solo)

2017 Vancouver Mural Festival: Year Two, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver BC

2017 Lyrical Abstractions, Trounce Alley Gallery, Victoria, BC

2017 It Is What It Is, El Kartel, Vancouver BC

2017 Lookouts, KA Gallery, Kit and Ace, Vancouver BC (solo)

2016 Pantone Presents, GAM Gallery, Vancouver BC

2016 Process and Recent Work, The Aviary, Vancouver BC (solo)

2016 Recording In and On It, GAM Gallery, Vancouver BC (solo)

2016 Garden Party, Quiet.ly Building, Vancouver BC

2016 The Untitled Show: Vol II, Untitled Art Space, Vancouver BC

2015 The Bazaar Pop Up, This Open Space, Vancouver BC

2010 The Fair Grounds, GAM Gallery, Vancouver BC (solo)

2009 Winter Salon, Photohaus Gallery, Vancouver BC 

2009 Sorting the Sundry, Sunset Gallery, Kenora ON (solo)

2009 RPM: The Lost Art of LP Covers, Delgue Contemporary Art, Victoria BC

2009 Declaring Space: 2009 BFA Grad Show, UVic, Victoria BC

2009 ARTifacts: Art Exhibition, Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora ON

Mixed Bag, UVic, Victoria BC

 

ART FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

2017    Market Art + Design, Hamptons USA (Back Gallery Project)

2017 Seattle Art Fair, Seattle USA (Back Gallery Project)

2017 Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancouver BC

 

EDUCATION


2013 Vancouver College of Art and Design, Diploma of Interior Design

2009 University of Victoria, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts

 

ACCOLADES

2009 Honours, with Distinction

2009 Diane Mary Hallam Achievement Award

2009 University of Victoria Bursary Award

 

KEYNOTE

"Two Stories" Pecha Kucha New Westminster. February 2017.

 

PRESS

"Sarah Delaney", Creators Vancouver. 2017 September

"Boss Babes: Sarah Delaney" Twenty Something Living. 2017 July

"An Interview with Sarah Delaney", The Aviary Journal. 2016 October

"Seventeen Minutes with Mount Pleasant Polymath/Creator Sarah Delaney", Scout Magazine. 2016, July

 

The Causal Effect. 

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Exhibit held at Back Gallery Project
603 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC

September 7 - 30, 2017

In The Causal Effect, her first exhibition at Back Gallery Project, Delaney continues her investigation into the temporal qualities of two-dimensional space. By methodically layering and combining various marks and areas of color, Delaney creates a visual conversation that invokes a subtle narrative while also alluding to her meditative process. Although they borrow compositionally from the fervor of action painting, Delaney’s works belie an intricate amalgamation of gestural strokes and forms, colors, and lines that the artist observes in her day-to-day.

At first glance, the splashes of color evoke a decidedly organic palette. Like pools of forest water, or the glint of myriad autumn leaves, each canvas swirls with the hues of nature that the artist sees every day. On closer examination, however, each colorfield is linked, pierced, and surrounded by delicate markings that form a web of intricate connections throughout. Flitting through this network, the viewer is nearly lost in the dense layers only to step back and witness the minutiae coalesce into a dynamic whole.

 

PRESS

"Sarah Delaney", Creators Vancouver. 2017 September

 
 
 
 
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Sarah Delaney: New Work and Process

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Solo show held at The Aviary
637 East 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC

October 7 - 21, 2016

As a memory collector, an archiver, and a hardcore nostalgia junky, I know that there is no shaking a fascination once it comes. This interest in the world around me has shaped my practice. My work is an assemblage of where I have been and what experiences have stayed with me. For this exhibit, I have pulled together a sampling of a few things that inspire me. I considered the following questions when compiling my inspiration material: What do I paint? Why do I paint? How do I paint? Upon reflecting on these questions, I have uncovered a few prominent themes found in my work. 

The first answer and theme can be described as place. I see location as the lead character in my paintings. The paintings in this exhibit are all referencing British Columbia. I use colours, textures, symbols, and simplified forms referencing the landscape that I see around me. Nature and traveling are my biggest influences, not only in my work, but also in my life. It is where I feel my most happy and my most inspired.

Next, the reason why I paint, is to preserve memories, to feel alive, and to make me who I am. When I hear letters or numbers, I associate it with particular colours. When I see a colour I am reminded of a place. When I smell a perfume I am transported back to a specific time in my life when I wore that scent. I want my paintings to perpetuate these memories. I try to turn a lived experience from the past into something tangible. I paint my relationships to particular places, by deconstructing them into fragments of a memory.  My paintings are ultimately a product of my existence and my interpretation of the world. Furthermore they are my contribution to this world. 

The last theme of mark making speaks both to the marks I create on my canvas, as well as the marks made on the the physical world throughout history. These markings are created by using my own gestures -- ranging in motion, speed, scale, and equipment. They are a variety of small reactions that illustrate my paths of thought and process. The other side of this theme is the story of the world. A big part of my art practice is to examine and to gather information from my surroundings. I am enchanted by the patterns that occur in nature. I am interested in the large marks made by humans as interactions with our surroundings. This includes tracks, prints, and marks that we make as creatures. This also includes the natural elements, such as wind and water, that overtime alter the state of the world. It is easier to observe these patterns from above. I am inspired by the work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand and David Burdeny. In their photographs, they discover unexpected and ordinary natural and man made patterns on the Earth’s surface, and through their photos, turn them into extraordinary and sublime. 

Using mark making techniques, I draw on my memories to create place. I see my painting as a way of visual storytelling. My paintings are my personal non-linear autobiographies. They are like maps of the history of my world -- a collection of colourful memories and marks that signify where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, and possibly how I got to where I am today. I want to create something that is familiar, but somewhat ambiguous. I am interested in the slightly mystic and abstract, which allows the viewer to make their own assumptions and relay some of their connotations, and their own history into the artwork.

 
 
 
 
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Recording In and On It

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Solo show held at GAM Gallery
10 East Hastings, Vancouver BC

June 03 - 25, 2016

This exhibition aims to show the my personal relationship with thought and action, memory and touch. I use gestures of diverse motion, speed, scale and intent to steer the direction of the work within the moment. Drawing in and off of the canvas surface, each mark made becomes a sign of a tangible connection and departure. 

The work is made up of a variety of small reactions that illustrate my paths of thought and process, and in turn creates a visual narrative. I use drawing for it’s fragile and temporal qualities, and equate it to our relationship with the physical world. I am interested in the marks made as interactions with out surroundings. This includes the tracks, prints, and marks that we make as creatures of the human race, as well as the natural elements that overtime alter the state of the world.

 
 
 
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