BIOGRAPHY
SARA GENN BIOGRAPHY

Sara Genn is a Canadian-born artist. She graduated with a BFA from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. After 15 years in New York City, Genn relocated to California. The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and its principles acknowledge that objects and experiences are most beautiful when they evoke a feeling of spiritual longing. Genn’s Japanese maternal heritage has influenced her execution and themes. Her work also strives to offer simultaneously, a place of visual shelter and excitement and to occupy space with objects that blur the signifiers of gender, craft and monuments.  As much as these works seek to embody colourfield foundations and to straddle the ineffable sensations of weightiness and weightlessness, they're also concerned with tactile materiality and surface illusions. The super-flatness of saturated void spaces and their edges are meticulously created freehand -- without digital or mechanical aids: no projection, resist or tape is used.

 

Sara Genn’s work has been featured on American billboards for Nissan Infiniti, The Toronto Arts Council, in film and television and in the New York Times, House Beautiful, Create!, House and Home, NYLON Japan, Town and Country, W, Domino, American Art Collector, New York Magazine, LONY, and Tatler, as well as in the Rizzoli publication New York Parties; Private Views and for the Faberge Big Egg Hunt. Sara Genn is also a composer and independent recording artist, certified Gold in France.

 

“People think that design is merely about how things look but really, it’s about how things function. We may understand this importance in the context of machines and technology, but the same qualities should be required of all things, especially art. Paintings are made to engage, incite and connect, but they also have the chance to quietly work within the perfection of their own archaic technology. Having recently set up a secondary studio in a 1960 midcentury house in Palm Springs, California, within spaces of sublime quiet and at the edge of the wilderness of Joshua Tree, the high desert and the San Jacinto Mountains, I’m struck again by the power of a new environment to radicalize the basic principles that have always driven my work: asymmetry, asperity (the roughness or irregularity of things,) simplicity, austerity and intimacy -- all nudging toward striving for balance, rhythm, harmony and defiant softness.” - Sara Genn

 

“There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon." (Matsuo Basho)

b. 1972, Canada

EDUCATION

 

1994

BFA Queen's University, Kingston, ON

 

1990

York House School, Vancouver, BC

 

SELECTED SOLO & JOINT EXHIBITIONS

 

2019

Dimmitt Contemporary Art, Houston, TX

 

2018

New Paintings, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY

 

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 Bayeux Tapestry, Humberston Edwards, West Vancouver, BC

The Bayeux 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

 

2019

A Walk In The Forest, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

 

2018

Emergence, Dimmitt Contemporary, Houston, TX

Kimoto and Friends, 5th Year Anniversary Exhibition, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC

56th Annual Winter Group, Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC

Winter Wonderwalls V, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Seasons, Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB

Summer Group, Mayberry Fine Art, Toronto, ON

 

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 & 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

W

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