“For me art is very holistic,” says Danish artist Sara Gade. “It’s a way of living. I create.” While she studied textile design, painting has always been her focus. But it was when Sara started to work with watercolours that she felt she had found her medium. “The fluid water is out of my control and in my control and in-between that is where my art arises, and that’s my path. That tension or connection,” she says. “I had to paint to be true to myself.” Born and raised in Copenhagen, Sara continues to live and work there with her two children. Limited edition prints of her work are available through Art Rebels.

Which five words best describe you? In relation to my work as an artist I would say that I’m passionate about colours and forms, honest, self-disciplined, strong and sensitive.

How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? To begin with I had a combined open atelier and a gallery and that together with social media - Facebook and Instagram - was a good beginning. I could be very local and global at the same time. So I got a lot of connections through that and things just happened in a very nice and quiet pace, and I hope it will continue like that. I’m very soon moving to another atelier without the gallery, so I can be more immersed in my work and I’m looking very much forward to that. So maybe more global than local now.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Focus on your work and be curious. Focus on all the positive things that happen, especially when you get a no, and one more no. 

What’s your proudest career achievement? When I make a painting that is really good, that’s the greatest and proudest achievement every time. But one time I had an exhibition where a person wanted to by a lot and wanted to take it home right away. So I had to come with more paintings and they were sold right away too. I remember one of them just got a divorce; she was supposed to buy a bed because she didn’t have one, but she decided to buy one of my paintings instead. It was really fun and it had a very intense energy.
What’s been your best decision? To choose who I listen to and most of all to listen to myself. 

Who inspires you? People who are passionate and true to themselves.

What are you passionate about? I respond very intensely to colors and forms and how they work together and relate to each other. I’m overall passionate about how we connect with each other and our surroundings. 

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? People I love who are no longer among us. I talk a lot to them, but I miss hugging them.

What dream do you still want to fulfil? I have a feeling that I will connect my art with something else, science maybe, which I’m very curious about. I hope to fulfill that dream. But I’m not sure how it will happen; it will come to me one day, I hope. 

What are you reading? I’m refreshing my colour theory again by reading Johannes IttenI’m always reading non-fiction about art, human biology, brain function, philosophy, design  and so on, it’s very inspiring to me. Only on vacation do I read fiction.

images courtesy of sara gade

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