Wonderful. Gorgeous. Fragmented. Blurred.
These are some of the words used to describe Sara Zak’s paintings from her show, An Overwhelming Familiarity. Currently on display in Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum, An Overwhelming Familiarity is composed of 12 large-scale paintings that tell a series of multi-layered narratives. Built primarily around recurrent imagery of a blissful young girl, a swing, suspension apparatus, the American flag and architectural interiors; her work combines lush color and loose brushwork.
Sara M. Zak is a Western New York visual artist and instructor specializing in oil painting. Her work is in private collections across the country and was recently acquired by Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Zak was honored to be named a 2014 finalist for the Sustainable Arts Foundation Award in San Francisco, CA. The artist founded the grassroots artists’ initiative Painting for Preservation in 2011.
An Overwhelming Familiarity is on display in the Castellani Art Museum until January 11, 2017.
In addition to teaching at Villa Maria College, Sara conducts regular painting workshops and is a NYFA Mark alumnus.
You can read a full write up on the show from Daily Public here.
Learn more about Sara Zak and her art here.