Sara Anstis (b. 1991, Stockholm) was raised on a small island off the Canadian west coast. Her images, installations and collaborative projects take shape through an intuitive exploration of desires and memories. In her soft pastel drawings, unruly primarily female figures can be found engaging in scenes of revelry or living tender moments. They inhabit landscapes built from Anstis’ imagination. In this world of their own, much of their mischievousness comes from the possibility of being caught by a look.
Anstis received her BFA in Studio Art and Sociology at Concordia University (Montreal, CA) in 2013 and her MFA in Fine Art from Valand Academy (Gothenburg, SE) in 2016. In 2018, she completed the Drawing Year Postgraduate Programme at the Royal Drawing School (London, UK). She recently showed her work in numerous exhibitions, such as The Self, the Work, the World, at Fabian Lang gallery (Zurich, Switzerland); Slip spill, 650mAh (solo), at Hove (Brighton, UK); Animal Idealism, at HARPY Gallery (Rutherford, NJ, USA); Den Tänkande Handen (The Thinking Hand), at the Royal Palace – Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities (Stockholm, Sweden); and Gestures of Comfort, at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran (Montreal, CA).
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1991
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom