Sarah Danays (nee Forrester) graduated with a Joint Honors Degree in Fine Art and Art History from Camberwell College of Arts in 1993 (now part of University of the Arts, London) and had her first solo show at the Adam Gallery, London in 1995. In 2003 she gained an MA in Textiles as Contemporary Art Practice from the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London - where she is now considered a Gold Alumni - and later went on to study Stone Carving for Contemporary Sculptors at City & Guilds, London. In 2008 she was shortlisted in Le Prix de la Sculpture Noilly Prat as one of the UK's top five emerging sculptors. In 2010 she relocated to Los Angeles and in 2013 was awarded a scholarship by the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) with her first LA solo show opening at Robert Berman Gallery in 2014. In 2016 she was included in the 'British Invasion' at MOAH, California, showing the best of British artists working in LA since the 60s, spearheaded by David Hockney; in the same year 'Sarah Danays' Arms of the Portland Vase' was exhibited at the Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire, UK. In spring 2018 the artist relocated her studio from Venice Beach, California to the hills of the Garfagnana, Tuscany. Here she is developing a new body of work in collaboration with the Binchois Consort/University of Birmingham's Music Department inspired by sacred English Medieval music and alabaster sculpture. Hyperion Records

Danays has exhibited in Europe, America and Hong Kong and her work is in public and private collections in the UK, and private collections in France, Italy, America and Australia.


Studied:
BA Joint Honors in Fine Art and Art History. Camberwell College of Art. University of the Arts, London (UAL). 1990-93
MA in Textiles as Contemporary Art Practice, Art Department, Goldsmiths, University of London. 2001-03
Stone Carving for Contemporary Sculptors. City & Guilds Art College, London. 2007-08


One Person Shows:
Sarah Danays' Arms of the Portland Vase. Harley Gallery, Nottingham, UK. June/ July 2016
Golden Bough, Robert Berman Galley, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica in conjunction with MOPLA and BritWeek. April/May 2014
Angeleno Magazine feature by Maile Pingel, April 2014
Fabergé Gothic (for BritWeek in association with the Los Angeles Art Association). April 2013
Talismanic II, Art of South East Asia Show, San Francisco/NewYork. February/March 2012
Talismanic, Lotus Gallery, Texas. October 2011
Talismanic, Art of South East Asia Show, San Francisco and New York. Spring 2011
Thumbelina, Lead exhibitor for The Knitting & Stitching Show. Touring exhibition. London, Harrogate, Dublin. September 2004
Thumbelina, Goldsmiths MA Final Show installed in the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre inTextiles. Goldsmiths. June 2003
Child Crime, Adam Gallery, London. July 1995


Selected Group Shows:
'Presenze nell'arte contemporanea' : Emergenti del XXI secolo e maestri del XX secolo. Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence.June 2018
'Alchemist' curated by Brenda Harrop, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles. January - March 2018
'Perspectives' curated by Brenda Harrop, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles. October - December 2017
'Looking Back: 10 Years of Photography from Robert Berman Gallery', for Month of Photography, Los Angeles. January - February 2017
'British Invasion' MOAH, California. Best of British artists working in LA since the 60s, with David Hockney. November - January 2017
Huffington Post review by John Seed, describing the work as "grim, poignant and graceful", November 2017
With Shona Nunan. La Rondine Gallery, Tuscany, Italy. July 2013
Gallery Artists Group Show. La Rondine Galley, Hong Kong. May 2013
Futuro Anteriore, Carmichael Gallery, LA (curated by Simmy Swinder). February 2012
Gem, 825 Gallery, LA. April 2012
Supersense, 825 Gallery, LA (curated by Simmy Swinder). September 2011
Chain Letter, LA, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, LA (curated by Christian Cummings & Doug Harvey). July 2011
Show Home, Manchester, UK (curated by Dawn Woolley). November 2003
Household,The Pine Gallery, Sussex, UK (curated by Peter Thomas). October 2002
Dad, inaugural group show at The Gasworks, London. 1994


Awards:
Le Prix de la Sculpture Noilly Prat 2008: shortlisted as one of the UK's top five emerging sculptors


Residencies:
Currently Resident Artist with Professor Andrew Kirkman's Binchois Consort/University of BIrmingham - sacred English Medieval music
  and contemporaneous
alabaster sculpture. www.binchoisconsort.com/about-us/
Harley Studios, Harley Foundation, Welbeck, Nottingham, UK. April-June 2016.
Sculpture Symposium, inaugural Bagni di Lucca Art Festival, Italy. One of 5 internationally selected sculptors. Summer 2013


Notable Collections:
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK. 'Bluebird' sculpture aquired with a V&A Purchase Grant. Awarded 2017/18
Aya Peard, Los Angeles
Ann Knight-Schwartzman and John Schwartzman, Los Angeles
Michael Petry, artist, author and founding Director of The Museum of Installation Art, now Museum of Contemporary Art, London
Admiral Lord West and The Lady West, London





Portrait of the artist in her LA studio © Sinisha Nisevic

Golden Bough at Robert Berman Gallery, LA, 2014
'Stigmata' mounted sculpture and photographic counterpart selected for ʻPresenze nellʼarte contemporaneaʼ : Emergenti del XXI secolo e maestri del XX secolo. Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence. 2 - 24 June 2018

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