Anna McNay

Interview with Sarah Jane Moon


Interview: Sarah Jane Moon 

Inside Portraits

Mall Galleries Learning Centre, London

16 – 19 April 2015

For Sarah Jane Moon, painting is “fundamentally the
relationship between an artist’s senses and the subject’s presence.” Having
trained in portrait painting at Heatherley School of Fine Art (2009-2011), Moon
went on to receive commendations from both the Royal British Society of
Sculptors and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, from whom she was awarded
the 2013 Bulldog Bursary.

Moon works primarily with oil on canvas and builds up
layers, often painting objects in and out of the composition. She is keen to
show her friends’ and sitters’ characters through both a visual likeness but
also by the careful placement of objects that define them, such as books and
postcards. Having spent some time in Japan, her work has a strong graphic
element to it and she outlines her figures in black and flattens perspective,
usually working from a photograph.

Her most recent work is her largest yet and depicts a dinner
party with many of her friends crowded around the table, chatting and
convivial. Above them hangs a stark black and white portrait of the lesbian
author, Radclyffe Hall.

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