Sara Gallagher

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Sara Gallagher

United States

Sara Gallagher (b.1990, Vallejo, CA) is passionate about breaking the taboos that surround mental health in the United States. She harnesses her experience of working with houseless youth and people with disabilities to bring about an empathetic lens into the complex experience of what it is to be human. 

Through her hyperrealistic graphite and mixed media works, Sara provokes dialogue around the inner landscape of the human experience. Shaped in collaboration, she engages with her models personally by allowing a vulnerable, authentic discussion to set the direction of each piece. Detailed, emotive imagery and subtle surreal qualities provide a brave and beautiful space for our challenging emotions to exist. This creates an emotionally intimate exchange between herself, the model, and the viewer, and invites us all to experience powerful solidarity and understanding of some of our most personal thoughts and feelings. 

Sara received her BFA with a dual emphasis in Painting & Drawing and Photography from SF State in 2013. From 2019-21 she studied under the renowned German hyperrealism artist, Dirk Dzimirsky.  She has been awarded recognition as a ModPortrait 2021 Drawing Finalist, 2021 International Biennial Portrait Competition finalist, a 2021 and 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Prize finalist, and a Spotlight Artist at TEDxMarin 2020. Her work has been featured in national and regional art magazines and books, such as Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and the Artists of the Bay Area Book published by Jen Tough Gallery. Sara has shown in galleries and museums across the globe, and her work is included in public and private collections internationally and even on the moon, most notably The Bennett Collection of Women Realists and The Lunar Codex, The Polaris Collection. Sara is represented by 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, IL, and CK Contemporary in San Francisco, CA, and lives and works out of her small studio in a redwood grove in the North Bay Mountains of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

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