The Mothers Comb is a triptych I did after my mother’s death two years ago. I think this series is a way of processing the relationship I did have with my mother, which really improved in the last few years of her life. She made a lot of amends to me at the end of her life and we were on good terms when she died. Prior to that time, we were not close and I always felt I wanted to get close to her but couldn’t somehow. She stayed a mysterious person to me most of my life, someone I wanted to be close to but it was very difficult for her to open up and share herself with me.
Working on these three pieces inspired by Shakespeare helped me to appreciate all the theatre my dad exposed me to as a child. We were often taken to shows at Stratford and my dad put on several Shakespeare plays at Hart House theatre when he worked there in the 1970’s. I am familiar with many of the quotes from various plays… but one of his favourite plays was the Twelfth Night. All the titles for these three works are taken from that play.
The films I watched that inspired these pieces were Shakespeare in Love, Romeo and Juliet by Zeffirelli, The Agony and the Ecstasy about Michaelangelo and Brideshead re-visited by Evalyn Waugh.
Diane Kingstone is a Kindergarten teacher who met Sarah in 1982, where they spent two years at The Institute of Child Studies in Toronto, getting their teaching qualifications.
We quickly became friends, and shared a passion for stories and art and children! I can’t honestly remember exactly where or when I saw the two pieces of Sarah’s work that I purchased, but it was a long time ago and I know that the Three Dog Night piece was also something that Sarah and I gave as a wedding present for our dear friend Heather Gilman. I’m guessing that I purchased a print for myself around the same time, and I remember wishing that I was able to buy more of Sarah’s work because I loved so many of her prints. I think I purchased the second art piece some years afterwards, but I’m not sure how many years later. At any rate, for as long as I can remember the two pieces have been in my living room.
What I especially love about both Four Dog Night, and Midnight Ramble, is the use of colour. I love their dynamic richness, and the way the colours contrast with each other. I also love the texture in both pieces…they almost look like pastel drawings in places. They give me the same kind of feeling I get when I I look at really powerful children’s paintings, Sarah’s work has the same kind of innate sense of colour and line that young children often have. I love the playfulness of both pieces, they make me smile, and I have never, ever tired of either. As I said earlier, my only regret is that, when other prints of Sarah’s were still available, I wasn’t able to purchase more of her work. I remember loving so many of her prints, but these are the two that resonated with me the most and I continue to get great joy from them as their warmth and vibrancy light up the walls of my living room.
Two pieces by Sarah Hunter are now on display through December 2018 at Faema Cafe, 672 Dupont St #102. Coffee and art, what could be better?
“I had just moved back to what felt like a very grey Toronto. I had been invited to read a piece I had written for an event in a Gallery on Queen Street. I remember walking in and seeing Sarah’s piece, “These Boots” on the wall and feeling an immediate, electric connection with it. I had no money, I had just moved to town, but I absolutely had to have that piece of art in my life. It had a joy, vitality and clowny quality that resonated deeply and felt like a vitamin I needed to nourish me in my new winter home. As an added bonus, when I went to pick the piece up from Sarah’s studio, our brief conversation sparked a friendship that endures to this day.” -Elaine Smookler, Psychotherapist, teacher, writer, performer
It’s a small piece and I often look at it and smile. -Janet Forbes, Carpenter & Trades Person
I have 4 pieces of art by Sarah. I love them all – each of the creatures seem to have a personality of their own. It’s as tho they come to life as she paints them. -Jenny Knox
Having known Sarah for many years and first saw her artwork at her parent’s house. Today Jenny owns a set of paintings that she still loves, “I love Sarah’s series of whimsical forest creatures. I bought one of them because it exuded joy and I wanted that lovely energy in my home.”
Sally Rappeport is one of Sarah Hunter’s earliest patrons having acquired several pieces including [insert piece title]. As an acupuncture and herbalist, Sally currently lives in Brooklyn but the two met during university where she first saw her works hanging in Sarah’s apartment.
“The piece with the dogs is my favorite. It has such energy and passion.” -Sally Rappeport
“I love the quiet dignity that she imbued her with, her face is proud, butch and feminine all at the same time. I just love all of it.” -Parris Sander
After being invited to one of Sarah’s shows, writer, film and television director and producer Brad Wigor’s favourite purchased a portrait of his modern composer, Benjamin Britten. And according to Brad, his favourite part of the painting is “Britten’s sanguine look”. Thank you Brad!