The narrative of Sarah Stolar’s large-scale oil paintings blurs the lines between figuration, abstraction, illustration, and symbolism, and draws the viewer into a world of voluptuous color and texture in which fierce beauty resides. Biography
“The Three Graces” Oil on Canvas
“I present figures of women in stances of power and vulnerability, with intermittent representational symbols borrowed from fairy tales, mythology, and religious stories,” Stolar said. Further woven into each story is the manifestation of life’s experiences, which are psychologically and emotionally transformative.
Stolar relies upon imagery that combines pose and gaze with scale and repetition. She layers and scrapes paint, repeatedly reworking the surfaces as if creating a metaphor for the uncovering of the inner self. “Each image is a hidden identity or story that may otherwise not be told, evoking a visceral reaction and an inward reflection.”
Sarah Stolar has been featured in prestigious international exhibitions, including in Austria, Finland, and Uruguay. Recently named Chair of the Art Department at University of New Mexico—Taos, she is also contributing faculty in Drawing and Painting at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design.
Back to top