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Sarah Benham

b. 1941 , New Orleans , LA

Sarah Benham is a Massachusetts-based artist whose straightforward figurative paintings subtly portray suburban New England society. Drawing inspiration from painters such as David Hockney and Alex Katz, Benham populates her soft, abstracted beaches, art galleries and living spaces with stylized, often faceless characters. While some of her figures are portrayed with defining features such as eyes or mouths, Benham’s brushy, abstracted, almost weightless subjects illustrate cheeky, familiar archetypes of the New England social scene. Benham describes her work as having, “an implied narrative and like a fleeting memory, there is a lack of specificity and detail. It is this lack of detail which allows viewers the opportunity to place themselves within these environments and to meander through her rich tableaux.

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Sarah Benham, "Blue Dress," oil on canvas

Blue Dress

Sarah Benham, "The Yellow Shoes," oil on canvas

The Yellow Shoes

Sarah Benham, "White Dress," oil on canvas

White Dress

Sarah Benham, "Tidewater Farmhouse," oil on canvas

Tidewater Farmhouse

Sarah Benham, "Key West," oil on canvas

Key West