SARA GENN BIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHY

"A painting is a monument. It serves for engagement, consideration, and contemplation. It celebrates as an object of desire, a provocateur, and a companion. My paintings exist to honour the act of painting by focusing on formal elements, working to achieve perfect tonal balance, harmony and rhythm. The placement of equally intense colours within color families is an effort to achieve a lyrical pleasure, vibration, tension or halation. By reducing subject matter and external references, warm and cool associations can be explored along with motif, patterning, compositional movement and saturation. The paintings clearly present themselves as paintings, but toy with idea of bed covering, a suedey textile, a worn and stretched work of craft. In this reference I'm blurring the distinction between high art and craft, between the realms of domesticity and precious objects. I strive to create a place to "go" in my paintings, to be calm while experiencing pleasure in their rhythm, disappearances and their allusions to nature." - Sara Genn 

b. 1972, Canada 

EDUCATION

BFA Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1994 
York House School, Vancouver, BC, 1990 

SELECTED SOLO AND JOINT EXHIBITIONS

2018

Emergence, Dimmitt Contemporary Art, Houston, TX

 

2017 
Like Father Like Daughter (with Robert Genn), Canada House, Banff, AB

2016
Feature, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON 

2015 
Different Strokes (with Joshua Webster), Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY

2013
Recent Travels (with Robert Genn), Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 

2011
Recent Paintings (with Robert Genn), Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC

2010
Winter Paintings, Illuminated Metropolis Gallery, New York, NY 
White, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Objects of Desire, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB 

2009 
Recent Paintings, Hollander York Gallery, Toronto 
The Art of Collecting, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY 

2005 
Surfacing, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 

2003 
Desire Paintings, Diane Farris Gallery (for City TV), Vancouver, BC 
Fresh, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina 
Fresh, Gallery 83, Vancouver, BC 

2002 
Desire Paintings, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 

2001 
MacKenzie Sketch, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 
MacKenzie Sketch, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 
MacKenzie Sketch, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC 
Destination, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC 

2000 
Powder Scenes, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 
Powder Scenes, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC 
Powder Scenes, Ruby Street Gallery, Vancouver, BC 

1999 
Sketches of Spain, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC 
1997 
The Quilt Concept, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 
Scapes, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 
Like Father Like Daughter (with Robert Genn), Canada House, Banff, AB 

1996 
The Quilt Concept, Canada House, Banff, AB 
The Bayeaux Tapestry, Humberston Edwards, West Vancouver, BC 
The Bayeaux Tapestry, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC 

1995 
The Children's Illustrated Dictionary, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 

1994 
The Children's Illustrated Dictionary, Humberston Edwards, West Vancouver, BC 
The Shakespeared Puritan, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 

1993
The Shakespeared Puritan, Sheck Galleries, Calgary, AB 

1992 
The Shakespeared Puritan, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC 
The Shakespeared Puritan, Humberston Edwards, West Vancouver, BC 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2017 
Nod To Mod, Dab Art, Ventura, CA 
Winter Wonderwalls, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
New Directions, (Selection: Ruth Erickson, Associate Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston) Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 
Abstract: Design Showcase, (Art Advisor: Christopher Fadden) Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
That Night In Toronto, (Curator: Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator) Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON 
78 Greene Street, (Curated by Voltz Clarke Gallery, NYC) Veronica Beard SoHo, New York, NY 

2016 
Investigating Abstraction Today, (Curator: Kristin Peterson Edwards, KPEArts) LeClerc Contemporary, Norwalk CT 
Free Arts, Free Arts NY, New York, NY 
NYFW, (Curated by Voltz Clarke Gallery, NYC) Veronica Beard, New York, NY 

2015 
10-20, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON 
Art For The Heart, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB 

2013 
Manhattan House , Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY 
Eighteen Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON 
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY 

2012 
Manhattan House , Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY 
Eighteen Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON 
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY 

2011 
Eighteen Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON 
Spirit Of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC 
The Holiday Show, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 
A Modern Manhattan Salon, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY 
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY 
Full Circle, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY 

2010 
Review/Preview, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Pocket Calls to Nature, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, NY 
Illuminated Metropolis Group Show, Marian Spore, Brooklyn, NY 
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, NY 
Homecoming, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB 

2009 
August Selections, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Holiday Miniatures, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 
Sixteen Squared, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB 
Joy of Winter, Adele-Campbell, Whistler, BC 

2008 
July Exhibit, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Holiday Miniatures, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 
Lake O'Hara, Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock, BC 

2007 
Halcyon Days, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Clear Blue Sky, Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY 
Opening, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 
Holiday Miniatures, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 
Anniversary, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 

2006 
First Encounter, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Reopening, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 
Diva, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC 
Joy of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC 

2005 
Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artist's Space, New York, NY 

2004 
Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artist's Space, New York, NY 
Joy of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC 
Dorothy's Waffle, samplesize, Toronto, ON 

2003 
Opening, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB 
A Study In White, Herald Square (for Nissan Infiniti), New York, NY 

2002 
Small Works, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Holiday Miniatures, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 
Joy of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC 
Feel Good Art, Canada House, Banff, AB 
New Artists in a New Gallery, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Anniversary, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 

2001 
Invitational, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
Powder Scenes, West End Gallery, Victoria, BC 
Self Portraits 11, Bruce, Vancouver, BC 
Joy of Winter, Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC 
MacKenzie Sketch, False Creek Art Consulting, Vancouver, BC 
The Fall Collection, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 

2000
Invitational, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC 
From Around The World, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK 
MacKenzie Sketch, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS 

1996 
Treasured Moments, The MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK 

1994 
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON 

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS 

Quoctrung Bui and Claire Miller, The Jobs You’re Most Likely to Inherit From Your Mother and Father, The New York Times, November 22, 2017 
Interview, Create Magazine, July 24, 2017 
Dasha Matsuura (selection,) Create! Magazine Vol. V, June 2017 
Lonny Magazine 
Jamee Gregory, New York Parties, Private Views (Rizzoli), 2010 
LXTV OpenHouseNYC 

New York Post 
Canadian House and Home 
Stephen Henderson, Opposites Attract, Town and Country, May 2008 
FLARE
American Art Collector 
MacLeans 
Canadian Living 
NYLON, Japan, April 2007 
American Art Collector, March 2007 
Robin Laurence, Small Wonders, Georgia Straight, December 2006 
Gillian Duffy, Gilded to Perfection, New York Magazine, November 2006 
Jeffrey Podolski, Nude York Times, Tatler, October 2006 
A Study In White, Vogue, February 2004 
Deirdre Kelly, RADAR, Elle Canada, May 2003 
Sara Genn, International Showcase, International Artist, April/May 2003 
Danyael Halprin, You Gotta Have Heart, The Calgary Strait, June 2002 
Robert Genn, Father and Daughter, Art Avenues, June 2002 
Marisa Babic, Incredible Journey, Now, September 2001 
Sarah Reeder, Young Punks, Fashion Vancouver, April 2001 
Gloria Sully, Leadership In The Arts, The York Rose, September 2000 
Alex Browne, Big Picture, Little Picture, The Peace Arch News, February 1996 
Bernice Huxtable, A Vintage Affair, The Peace Arch News, December 1995 
Debbie Malyk, Beginnings, Peninsula Magazine, June 1992 

AWARDS

Emerson Landing Residency, Wye Mills, Maryland 2009, 2010, 2011 
United Way Special Achiever, 2001 
British Columbia Provincial Scholarship, 1990 
York House School Art Prize, 1990 
National Gallery Children's Collection, London, 1978 

SELECTED PROJECTS 

The Letters, 2013 - ongoing 
Natasha Schlesinger, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY, 2015 
Magnises, New York, NY, 2015 
Heli-painting in the Bugaboos, CMH Bugaboos, Canada, 2012, 2013 
From Plein-air to Abstraction, Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC, 2012, 2013
Colour, Commitment, Creativity, Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC, 2011 
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York NY, 2011-2013 
Installation, Pickett's Press, Voltz-Clarke, New York, 2011 
Panelist, Northern Voice, Vancouver, 2010 
Armory Tour, Voltz-Clarke, New York, 2010 
Installation, Adrian DeBerardinis, Voltz-Clarke, New York, 2010-2013 
Installation, Katie Lydon Design, New York, 2010 
The Art of Collecting, Voltz-Clarke, New York, 2009 
Residency, Lucca, Italy 2008 
Lake O'Hara and other Rocky Mountain Projects, 2006-2010 
A Study In White, Nissan Infiniti, New York, 2004 
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, 2004 
Art Doesn't Imitate Life, The Toronto Arts Council, Toronto, 2003 
United Way Community Harmony Tapestry, Vancouver, 2001 
Wild Salmon City, Vancouver, 2001 
Saraphina Mosey, 1998 - 1999 

SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS 

United Way 
Crown Life 
Beringa, Vancouver, BC 
Clark, Wilson and Associates, Vancouver, BC 
Peace Arch Hospital 
The Surrey Cancer Clinic 
Canuck Place, Vancouver, BC 
Blackmont, Vancouver, BC 
York House School Archives 
Queen's University Alumni Archives