BIOGRAPHY

British-Australian artist and illustrator Sarah Beetson received a first-class BA in Illustration from Falmouth College of Arts. The artist spends most of her year in Queensland, Australia, returning to the UK for the remaining months. Her visual designs are playful and incite delight and wonder. With a plethora of major clients in fashion, editorial and publishing, Beetson also shows her visual artwork in galleries around the world. Beetson was offered a placement in couture embroidery for John Galliano at Dior in Paris, turning it down to instead setup her own market stall, selling her printed and hand painted t-shirt designs in Camden Town spearheading her independent career.

A self-prescribed “Rainbow Crusader”, the artist travels frequently, creating and exhibiting at home and on the road with mini easel in hand, an inspired and spontaneous existence that translates in her whimsical pieces. Beetson achieves her graphic creations using spray paint, tissue paper and/or collage as a base, which is applied to paper, wood, photographic print or fabric. She then draws the linework using Pilot G Tec C pens. The image is rounded off with a full range of mixed media that can include acryl-gouache, markers, gel pens, crayon, stickers, vintage magazine clippings, beads, sequins, Letraset to name a few.

While her resources are vast, from out of her seemingly chaotic methodology emerges glorious illustration work that finely balances colour, line and texture for a unique effect. Pop culture and vintage influences resonate throughout Beetsons’s work. The artist credits her inspiration to ideology of space travel, culture of Coney Island, Americana, and film director John Waters as well as artists like Antoni Gaudi, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Julie Verhoeven, David Downton, Antonio Lopez and Jamie Hewlett.

With an impressive feature-list in various press and media outlets such as Smithsonian Mag, The Sunday Times, The Wall Street Journal, EMI Records and Delta Airlines, the home-grown artist was also commissioned by the local Gold Coast City Council to create a mural next to a playground at Galleon Park, Currumbin.

ARTIST CV

EDUCATION

Educated At Falmouth College Of Arts, Cornwall, UK

EXHIBITIONS

London, Paris, New York, Portland, Ottawa, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast Sydney, Brisbane, Wollongong

AWARDS

2020 Bravehearts, Gold Coast

2018 Birds, Gold Coast

2017 Illustrated Best In Show Murals

2016 Coney Island Film Festival

2012 Metro Award C Shortlisted)

2011 Gold Coast City Gallery Prize Cshortlisted)

2011 Creative Review Illustration Best In Book

2010 Adelaide Fringe Award C Shortlisted)

2010 Radf Gold Coast Arts Development Grant

2008 Call Girl, New York 2015 Coney Island, Melbourne

2002 Pentland Prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILLUSTRATION CLIENTS

Netflix

Comic Relief

New York Magazine

The Miami Herald

American Eagle Outfitters

Emi Records

The Wall Street Journal

Clarks Shoes

Mucho Barcelona

Philadelphia Magazine

Molo Kids

Compendium Inc

Portland Mercury

Tezenis

Garnier Paris

The Globe And Mail Toronto

Ellesse

Ford Germany

The Telegraph Uk

Delta Airlines

Gerber

The Times Uk

Continental Airlines

Knorr Soups

Penguin Books

Us Airways

Belvedere Vodka

Walker Books

Fashion 18 Toronto

Ernest & Julio Gallo

Hachette Children’s Books

Tank Magazine

Nicolas Wines

Scholastic

American Lawyer Magazine

Reader’s Digest

Trader Joe’s .Golf World

The British Fashion Council

Girls Inc

Monoprix °

London Fashion Week

More Magazine

Waitrose

Perth Fashion Week

The London Magazine

Oxo

Diesel Jeans

St George Bank

Ikea

La Perla

Canadian Diabetes Association

Nuts

Havaianas Au

Smithsonian Mag

Dove

People Magazine

Mac Cosmetics

Gold Coast City Council

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