Bethany Saab (SOLD)

The First Jasmine, 2021

50 × 60 cm
My paintings have an unintentional vibrancy and saturation. I set out to paint realistically but they seem to take in their own brighter expression. I paint familiar household items around my own home, and pay homage to the unplanned vignettes in daily domestic life. Each item has its own story and place in the personal history. My painting practice is about pure appreciation of the things around me, and leaning into an intense observation of tone, form, and the substantiveness of the object. It’s about uncomplicated gratitude for one’s immediate surroundings, and a slowing down in each moment to observe the small beautiful things around us. A lot of that is in light, refractions and in shadow and the lines they take.
Canberra-based emerging artist Bethany Saab started painting with intention in 2020. A practicing psychologist, Bethany holds no formal training in fine arts. Starting with two sold-out mini releases in 2020, Bethany went on to show her first solo exhibition with Michael Reid Northern Beaches in January 2021. Painting predominantly still life, Bethany’s paintings have been described as ‘intimate glimpses into personal spaces’ and as an example of ‘joyous expression’ through the use of pattern (Peter Haynes, The Canberra Times, May 2021). ​ Bethany was featured on the arts podcast Interview with An Artist in April 2021, as well as appearing in The Design Files ‘Emerging Painters you should know’; ArtEdit Magazine; and The Australian Newspaper ‘Inaugural Summer Exhibition’. ​ She has also participated in multiple group exhibitions in Australia and was Finalist in the 2021 Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale online award.
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