First Fridays is a monthly series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and artists, including a light lunch. On Friday 1 February Sara Foust joins us for the series.
Sara Foust was born in 1970 in America and spent her childhood on a rural farm in the deep South. Sara trained at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design in the USA, and with master muralist Susan Cervantes in San Francisco, California where she painted for many years. She has lived and worked on the west coast of Co Clare since 2002, and is deeply inspired by the landscape of the west. Sara exhibits her artwork throughout Ireland and internationally. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Clare County Council, and commissioned by CREATE, Leader/RRD, Cluid Housing and HSE, and is in many private collections in Ireland, UK and America. In her layered and textural landscapes, Sara explores emotional resonance, nostalgia and architectural narrative. Sara pushes the viewer into her landscapes with vigorous marks and vibrant palette, conveying a visual immediacy which enhances the play of illusion and flattening within each painting. Sara paints in her studio gallery in Ennistymon, Co Clare, where she also sells work by local fine craft artists.