Born and raised in small town southern Ontario, visual artist Claire Sarfeld moved to the West Coast after graduating with a Fine Arts degree from OCAB University in Toronto. Her training focused on drawing and painting, with a minor in creative writing.

Sarfeld’s work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism, with juxtaposition between order and chaos, static versus dynamic. The artist also draws inspiration from the natural world with colours embodied in the outdoors: forest greens, ocean blues, and woody browns. Her media of choice is acrylic on canvas, however Sarfeld is unafraid to step out and incorporate other forms of storytelling like newsprint, ink, and graphite.

“Line and Form” marks the artist’s debut exhibition in this province. Her work is on display at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford as part of Art on Demand 2.2, the museum’s second season of showcasing rising Fraser Valley artists. The exhibit is on display until September 11. Sarfeld’s work can also be seen on exhibit in Mission’s Rock Family Gallery from August 2 to August 20.

For more information on future exhibits or to contact the artist directly, go to clairesarfeld.com

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