We’re proud to announce our new artist series celebrating creativity with showcasing a local artist every month throughout the year.
This month, our series features Sarah Chapman who's fine art will be on display at Noya from March 5th through April 1st.
Come visit our store in Westport to see her magnificent artwork!
Born in the south of France, I studied Fine Arts in Aix en Provence. Citizen of the world, I taught elementary school in many countries and for many years. I started painting and taking photographs when I was about 12 and never stopped! I am a Reiki Master Practitioner, certified yoga instructor as well as a facilitator of Yoga Nidra (Sleeping guided meditation) Mother of 4 beautiful girls, believe it or not I still find the time to paint and create...
Art has always been part of my life; I published and illustrated a bilingual children’s book available on Itunes called “Miss Tinguette”, I love taking photographs, experimenting with new medium and techniques, refurbishing furniture, writing poetry (actually working on a painting serie mixed with my poems. Coming soon hopefully!) I just can’t live without Art.
I mostly did private sales or commission work for brand names such as Nejma Fragrances, France and donated a few of my paintings to schools and other organizations. However, it is only recently that I decided to try and promote my art, I exhibited at the Rowayton Arts Center for the Juried Spring show 2018 where one of my “On the Road” painting was shown. I have also shown my work at the “Movement Exhibition”, at the Bruce Kreshner Gallery, in Fairfield, From the 6th September to the 25th October I have shown 2 pieces of work from my “Meditative Art” series at The Frabjous Show in NYC.
I also did a pop-up store over a week end in the West Elm store, in Westport, back in February 2018, and had some of my work on consignment in interior designer stores such as Lyon’s Paws & Co. in Fairfield, Citizen of the world, I have been travelling the globe since the age of 17, searching for something that is hard to find and yet so simple.
If only we could see it... Happiness is all around us, in the natural beauty of the world, in the smiles of our children, in the love that we share, in the Art that we create or even more in the process of creating itself. Humans have strange ways to appreciate what is given, always wanting more, losing track of what really matters.
I am also the founder and active participant of the JoYga Project, a project dear to my heart. Please follow us on Instagram: @ the_joygaproject , a project that aims to help people living on the street and to fight indifference. Please note that a part of the proceed of any Art sold goes toward the Joyga Project.
Art has the power to make us see the things that surround us, the power to make us see what we have done and what could be done. It has the power to reflect our society, our history, our dreams, the seen and the unseen... What is Art? if not a pure translation of what is felt, a way to communicate using our own personal language. I create because I feel, because I am alive and I want to share these feelings, I want to make people feel but also want them to become aware that all is already here in the world, we just need to look around us, inside us... No need to become anything or anyone but just take it all in. Art and making space to create in our daily lives is an important part of our collective happiness, it is an outflow of energy that should be going out into the world. I am currently working on 2 very different series, after all isn’t everything in life about polarities! (hot/cold, stress/relaxation, night/day...) It is within this Duality that Union is found. My series “Meditative Art” It is the expression of the meditative mind creating from within, no intention, no pre-ideas of what it should look like, no external factors that make you want to create. You create because you are, just let it be, go with the flow of the energy within. Let it drive you and surrender, accept what is and own it. At least that is how the background of the painting is born; No mistakes, no need to resemble anything or anyone, let the creativity flow. When we create from the self we create from a place of stillness a place of peace, just like the ocean. Then, we add colors, letters that talk to us at that time, at that moment ... no reasons, no explanations just going with the flow... But “Prenez-guarde!”, the different designs inside the ocean represent the waves that disturb the stillness of the ocean and even though they feel still and peaceful, sometimes we attach too much importance to it, they are intricate, they can be complicated... Just like in life we can sometimes focus too much on these tiny details and the designs of these waves that can sometimes disturb the stillness. However, we can also always look at the waves and accept them for what they are, with their irregularities and all... accept that as long as the ocean is in the background, we can always find peace, we can always find stillness within the movement, finding stillness within the fluctuations of life. The “On the Road” serie is more an exploration of the unseen within our external world. I started painting things that surround us all ; simple things like electrical posts, wires, traffic lights, fire hydrants ...things that nobody notices but that if you isolate them you'll notice that they almost look sculptural, interesting and inspiring. Whatever the subject is, A powerful painting makes you feel, and the series of "On the road" has the aim to make you see and feel the invisible through Art. This series also evolved into something more ... When I was walking in the streets of NYC one day , I suddenly heard him, sitting on the ground, he was shouting to people passing by "You can look at us... We are humans too, you know, just like you." So I started an organization called The Joyga Project, and quickly the "On the Road" series started showing giant black and white portraits of men and women living on the streets, people that we had connected with, during our Joyga Project, painting these people is for me a way to make the Invisibles Visible. With this series , I am hoping to go beyond the simple sale of a painting, I would like to make it a worldwide project to fight indifference. "On the Road" series is currently on the edge of merging with the Meditative aspect of my paintings not so much in the execution of the work but more in what I see. For example how can we use the road signs that we see in our external world to connect us deeper with our inner world.