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Sarah Dolby was born in Wanaka in 1971 and brought up in Dunedin. She holds a Fine Arts degree from Otago Polytech, and worked as art director for a leading animation company for 12 years in 3D animation. In this role Dolby was the first artist to compliment a team of computer scientists. Dolby currently lives on the Otago coast where she paints full-time.

Dolby's work has always been character driven and combines traditional portraiture with narrative. The haunting, romantic women of her Gothic paintings are often famous literary figures including Ophelia and Mary Shelley, or more recently, fairy tale archetypes such as the Fairy Godmother or the Damsel-in-Distress.

Dolby's characters are immediately dazzling in their power and beauty, but on closer inspection reveal hands rubbed raw, flushed complexions and above all else, unnerving expressions. Set against stark, yet luminous backgrounds, the focus of each work is firmly on the character, and the depth and complexity of emotions barely contained behind their gaze.

Dolby works patiently, building up the graceful lines of thin necks and arms, the folds of garments and the subtle pallor of skin in layers of fine detail. For Dolby, giving time to the paintings allows their emotive qualities to slowly emerge in the midst of their atmospheric palettes, creating works that are as personal and as resonant as diary entries.

December 2015 through January 2016, Dolby will exhibit in a group show, Between Worlds, at Corey Helford Gallery, L.A.

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CREATURES OF HABIT

3 - 28 November 2015

Dolby's characters are immediately dazzling in their power and beauty, as they unsettle the viewer with unnerving expressions.

auckland art fair

7 - 11 August 2013

Orexart commissioned a series of miniatures specifically for AKAF 2013.

spindle

23 October - 10 November 2012

Dolby captures the essence of the roles within the fairy tale genre in this latest series of works. The focus of each work is firmly on the character, and the depth and complexity of emotions barely contained behind their gaze.

art of darkness

13 - 31 May 2008

Gothic imagination meets the flawless eye of an animator. Dolby draws on themes of nature, death and creation to explore the way women are portrayed in society.

 

The Collector of Worries, 2015. Oil on aluminium 800 x 600mm

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Candy Land, 2016. Oil on linen. 800 x 650mm

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Fox and Maiden, 2010. Oil on linen. 850 x 650 mm

SOLD

Queen Bee, 2010. Oil on linen. 1000 x 800 mm

SOLD

Marabelle, 2013. Oil on linen. 450 x 350 mm

SOLD

Catherine, 2013. Oil on linen. 530 x 300 mm

SOLD

Isabelle, 2013. Oil on linen. 450 x 350 mm

SOLD

Laudanum, 2013. Oil on linen. 450 x 350 mm

SOLD

Gypsy, 2014. Oil on linen, 640 x 640 mm

SOLD

Isabelle, 2013. Oil on linen. 450 x 350 mm

SOLD

Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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