Sarah Anthony was born in 1992 on the French Riviera, in Nice, to parents of Lebanese descent. When she was 2, her family moved to Northern France where she grew up until she was 17, and her parents moved back to South of France, in Aix-en-Provence, where she has been living and working ever since in her workshop in Provence.
She has been drawing since kindergarten and remembers her teachers always complimented her drawing skills.
She started to paint a few canvases when she was a teenager and kept on drawing regularly until 2013, when in Art school, she started to paint frequently and to draw less.
Johnny Depp is the reason why she became a painter. “As a teenager, I drew a lot but wanted to try something new. As a fan, I saw this photo of Johnny Depp painting Vanessa Paradis and decided to try acrylics… I never stopped,” Sarah Anthony.
She then painted a portrait of Johnny Depp as a tribute. It is part of her Through another medium series (more info below).
Nowadays, she paints more but keeps on drawing, while seeing herself as a painter.
Sarah studied art for 5 years in College. She has a bachelor’s in Visual Arts cum laude and a master’s degree in Arts teaching cum laude, from the university of Aix-Marseille, 3rd university of France and 115th in the world (Shanghai international ranking). She also has a master’s degree and a Master of Science in Management cum laude from the IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management, 7th business school of France and 33th in the world (Financial Times ranking, 2019).
She is now focusing on the complicated exercise of portrait, particularly through a series of celebrities’ portraits she started with actress Sophie Turner and burlesque performer Dita von Teese. Her interest is in the filter through which we seen famous people: usually the screen, through Sarah’s work, the painting medium.
She pursues today this painting work with her new series Through another medium. Along the way as she paints, the need increases, and the French artist doesn’t intend to stop. As far as she’s concerned, art must stay a passion, a way of life and always give the primacy to the sincere craving to create and to the creative process itself.
In 2019, Sarah was in contact with immense art curator David Galloway (chief curator of Tehran Museum of Contemporary art, created by Farah Pahlavi, Empress consort of Iran in 1977). He had the kindness to have a look at Sarah’s art, which he found “interesting”. A meeting in January 2020 was planned in order to discuss about her art, unfortunately, mister Galloway died in late december 2019 and the encounter could never happen. However, the artist will remember mister Galloway’s kindness and considers his interest in her art as a priceless honor and encouragement.
Sarah has won four art prizes so far. The Prix du Conseil Général (General Council Prize) of “La Lumière” exhibition in 2015. The Prix de la Ville (City Prize) of “En compagnie de Suzanne Féraud” exhibition in 2016. The Prix du Jury (Jury Prize) during the Salon Concours des Arts de Gréasque (Gréasque Arts Fair-Contest) also in 2015. The Prix du Public (Public Prize) of the Animal exhibition in 2018.
She has done more than 30 exhibitions of her work in France and Germany. She currently exhibits a series of paintings in the United States and has exhibited 2 portraits in February 2020 at the Grand Palais, in Paris, France during the ArtCapital Fair.
The French painter has sold artworks in several countries and her paintings and drawings are now on 3 continents (France, Germany, Italy, United States, Canada, South Africa).
She is also implied in artistic and cultural events in her region and has organized several exhibitions for her art or other artists’ one. The young woman also organized two art prizes, one of which, the IAE AIX Art Prize, with her well-known business school, IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management. On May 7th, the 2019 edition awarded 5 artists (painters and photographs). Sarah was the creator, organizer and a member of the jury.
Sarah Anthony is an artist declared to the French State.
Her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarah_anthony_artist/
She is also an illustrator: https://www.sarahanthonyillustration.com/
Instagram (illustrations): https://www.instagram.com/sarahanthonyillustration/