Sara Berman (b.1975) lives and works in London; she completed her MFA at Slade School of Art, UCL in June 2016 where she was awarded a distinction and the Audrey Wykeham prize for painting.
Previously Berman worked as a fashion designer and consultant. After studying fashion design at Central Saint Martins, she founded her eponymous fashion brand and worked as a design consultant to a variety of fashion and design companies. A long and deeply held interest in the conversation between design, commerce and identity informs her artistic practice.
1995-1999 BA Fashion Design, Central Saint Martin’s, London
1999-2014 Founder and Director of fashion label
2014-2016 MFA Fine Art, Slade School of Art, UCL, London (Audrey Wykham Painting Prize)
2014 Mall Galleries Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London.
2013 Eleven Gallery Christmas Salon, London
2015 BP portrait prize at National Portrait Gallery, London
2015 Slade Interim Show, London
2015 Sluice Art fair with Transition Gallery
2015 Symposium for Drawing BAK Museum Utrecht
2015 ‘Imagine’ at London Newcastle Project Space
2016 ‘Names’ show Transition Gallery, London
2016 Slade Graduate Show, London
2016 ‘topophobophilia’ Gallery 46
2017 Young Gods at Charlie Smith Gallery, London
2017 Dark Wood at Transition Gallery curated by Henry Hussey, London
2017 Solo show at Galerie Huit Hong Kong
2017 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2017 Sluice Biennale with Transition Gallery
2017 Sluice Biennale with Paint Britain
2018 ‘Solitaire’ two person show at Sapar Contemporary, NYC
2018 Solo show, Anat Ebgi gallery, LA
INTERVIEW WITH SARA BERMAN
"Fashion Designer to a Painter, Sara Berman draws from a different perspective" (Part)
May. 26, 2017
Source: Hong Kong Commercial Daily(Translation)
‘Big Cactus, Little Cactus’ consists of new paintings, including three triptychs, a pair of single paintings, and ink drawings. A triptych painting with the same title as the exhibition is hanging on a main wall near the entrance. The painting is composed of two separate narratives, conjoined and treated like film stills that run in consecutive order. On the left is a huge cactus, the right is the scene of an interior, someone is sitting on the eye-catching Arne Jacobsen egg chair to read, and a cactus is placed in a corner of the living room.
Take a closer look, the cactus in the living room is actually the same cactus on the left! Same vase, same structure, why has it become a small cactus on the other side? Sara said, “This is about exploring things from a different angle, when you see things without comparison, you might see it differently, just like this cactus in the living room.”
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Sara Berman: Between Community and Commerce Exhibition
10 Times Square, New York, 2018 © ZAZ10TS, photo by Zdravko Cota