A confessed neat-freak, Sarah Danes Jarrett, born in 1964 in the UK and raised in Zimbabwe, went on to study commercial art at the Harare Technikon. After finishing her diploma in 1985, Sarah moved to South Africa in 1988 and started her career in the design industry.
When Sarah became a mother in 1998, she left the design industry and bought her first blank canvas, oil paints, and brushes. The career started immediately and has attracted art buyers and art lovers around the world. Sarah is admired for her natural simplicity and down-right honesty. She admits that she doesn´t paint out of political motivation or to portray certain messages, but rather because she adores the process and journey of a painting.
The artist has always painted people, especially faces. She loves the translucency and reflection of the skin, and confrontational eyes that narrate a story she cannot put into words. She uses colours that bear no similarity to the skin.
A style that is paradoxically chaotic and controlled. Her brazen and aggressive brush strokes form soft curves, precisely cut with a sharp edge. Sarah speaks of her controlling personality which tries to form some order in a world that is constantly in flux.
While her work is rather exquisite, bright and blocky, the colour white plays an essential role. You might describe her art as chaotic, however each colour, or brush direction is well thought through. The artist starts with the layering of colours and then rectifies the shape with the white paint. This is when the actual portrait comes to show.
Sarah Danes Jarrett is now considered one of South Africa's finest artists. She has been featured in numerous magazines and showcases her art in international exhibitions in which her art has been sold out so often. As part of The Travelling Art Gallery, Sarah Danes Jarrett showcased her art in a female-only group exhibition in May 2022 in Hamburg/ Germany, as well as in a group exhibition in Palma de Mallorca/ Spain in November 2022. She also presented her art by participating in the ARTSY online exhibition New Beginnings in February 2023. In May 2023 Sarah Danes Jarrett showed at a group exhibition in Kassel, Germany.
Sarah Danes Jarrett is showing her art at The Artists Gallery in Cape Town and Franschhoek. Internationally, she is continuously part of the artists’ initiative The Travelling Art Gallery.