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Sarah Klawiter

Artist member since 2019
Toronto, Ontario

Sarah Klawiter is an abstract artist based in Toronto, ON who works primarily by painting and drawing. She has graduated from OCAD University with a BFA from the Drawing and Painting program. Her paintings are inspired by her everyday life in Toronto, turning what she sees into her own abstracted world—all of the negative and positive spaces— and the new unexpected shapes within them.

By using recycled materials, acrylic paints and a various of mediums, ‘windows’ are created which become the new worlds for the viewers to immerse themselves into. Within these windows, shapes and lineation’s tell a story, an abstract narrative. By pushing and pulling through the layers of paint on the surface, orchestrating different sizes and using repetitions, Sarah plays with the figures and the unfamiliar boundaries of the painting.

These pieces are fun and interactive as the surfaces hold so much life and texture, which help tell the story of a new world.


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Coffees per day and from where

I will have any number of caffienated beverages per day- but only cold ones. A caramel macchiato from Starbucks is my favourite. They power me through a long working shift or a long session in the studio!

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

READING! I'm a big reader! I am always in competition with myself to read more than I did the year before. I will read anything and everything. I love a good non-fiction, biographies, or any book on colour. I could spend hours in a bookstore.

What do you listen to when you work?

I have Apple Music, and I love making playlists to listen to while I work. Depending on my mood, I will choose more upbeat or slower collection of songs. Sometimes if I really like an album, I will just replay it over and over.

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

Art is so diverse that there are as many ways to understand it as there are people. Art is at a position to move people- inspiring us, inviting new questions, provoking curiosity, happiness, outrage! It has the power to break barriers, educate, tell stories and access higher levels of thinking. I think that there is art out there for everyone, and if you don't believe me, you haven't found yours yet!

Upcoming Exhibitions
2020-07-25

Blue Crow Gallery, Toronto, ON
4th Annual Summer Group Show

2020-09-08

Tall Sequoia Gallery
Abstract My World

Select Past Exhibitions
2018

OCAD University, Toronto, ON
CHUD

2019

OCAD University, Toronto, ON
Picture Show: Filth & Decadence

2019

OCAD University, Toronto, ON
GradEX 104

2019

Women's Art Association of Canada, Toronto, ON
Exuberant

2019

The Mod Club Theatre, Toronto ON
STELLAR

2020

The Freedom Factory
Labour of Love

2020

FAR x WIDE
Willing The Season

Press
2019

OCAD University
OCAD U DRPT GradEX 104

2020

She's Got Wonder
Unfamiliar Boundaries

Education
2019

OCAD University
Drawing & Painting

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