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Get inspired by artist Isaac Malakkai

June 2018

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Sarah Høi is an full-time artist and she started Aarhus’ biggest gallery in 1999 when she was only 21 years old. Sarah is known for her amazing oil paintings of motives of different cities. Her style is very recognizable because of her originality. Sarah is very aware of her color use in her paintings, because she believes they have a special impact on us. Sarah is a little bit messy and likes to work in chaos, which is why she likes to work with many different projects at the same time. Besides being an artist Sarah is also married and the mother of three daughters on four, five and six years old. 

If you want to check out her unique paintings, you can see her gallery on Artboost right here

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

My style right now is very recognizable. I don’t paint photorealistic but people still clearly see what it is supposed to look like. My focus is on the colours. All of them – the whole colour palette. 

The colours do something to us. Paintings with all their histories and emotions especially moves us. That’s why it is very important to me that my paintings are happy. It means a lot to us what is hanging on our walls. If you want to be happy the paintings on your wall should be happy too. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MATERIALS TO WORK WITH?

I do paintings with oil on canvas with brushes. The old school style. 

HOW AN WHEN DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN ART?

My grandmother used to paint. In my holiday I visited my grandmother and grandfather and I spend many hours and days next to my grandmother painting on this little canvas. She had this magical pirate-like wooden box with all her paints which was very beautiful. Painting with her was very different from the creativity classes in school where you didn’t get any canvas or nice painting materials. Creativity is meant to be taking seriously. It is a flame which need to be fed so it doesn’t die.

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See Sarah's Artboost gallery right here.

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WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES FOR INSPIRATION?

To be honest I start working every day at 8 a.m. It is not necessary for me to feel inspired before I paint. That also means that I sometimes ruin a painting which was much better at the starting point in the morning than in the end of the day. 

In my experience you can’t wait for the magic flow where everything is just on a roll for you. In my case hard work and passion gave me success. Besides, there will always be a costumer who thinks your “ruined” painting is just perfect. 

IS AARHUS A GOOD PLACE TO WORK AS AN ARTIST?

Aarhus is an amazing city. We got the coolest facilities and creative institutions. I am known for my motives of Aarhus city but Aarhus is not just a city. It is a common feeling and an identity – not only in the city but in many areas in Denmark. This common identity is why I can sell my paintings not only to people from Aarhus but to many people from other cities. 

I had this funny experience where an old couple had been sneaking in to my gallery before opening hours without me hearing anything. I was standing and painting when someone said: “You can stop now. We would like to buy the painting as it is”. I was very surprised and in a hurry I got the painting dried and in a frame. After a half year I got a phone call from the customer which told me about how much attention the painting got. The only thing that was missing was my signature. The next day I drove all the way to the city Give to sign the painting. Give! It is an hour away from Aarhus city. I was very surprised that the old couple lived so far away. It just shows how big the reach of the common identity of Aarhus is. 

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See Sarah's Artboost gallery right here.

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WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE GIVEN TO YOU AS AN ARTIST?

I can’t remember a specific advice given to me, but I if I should give an advice myself it would be that there are costumers for everything. As long as you have passion and happiness to sell. You also have to work hard and be happy and generous because at some point your magical moment will come and you will hit the flow. 

I also think it is important to remember that there is no right result for art. Maybe for the artist himself, but it is very different and subjective from costumer to costumer. It is okay that some might be critical and don’t like your work, as long as you don’t take the critics too serious and still stick to your own opinion and believe in your own creativity and style. 

where can i buy sarah's amazing paintings?

If you want to buy some of Sarah's amazing paintings, you can do it right here on Artboost. Just go to her gallery and pick your favourite.

You can see Sarah's gallery on Artboost right here

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See Sarah's gallery on Artboost here.  

Kirstine Krogslund

Kirstine Krogslund

Intern at Artboost as Content Creator and also a big fan of art with lots of colors :-)

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