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RA HURRAH - Sara Lee

'Sea Change' is a new series of 3 atmospheric Japanese woodcuts by Sara Lee, drawn from the artist's native Wales and the Thames estuary. They are both observant and symbolic of the beauty and the disquiet of landscape in change. The imagery draws the eye across the water to a beckoning horizon. Lee's subtle palette of looming tones and gravid skies hold their strong presence with the seemingly unremarkable, but beautiful colour grey.

Sara Lee has used a painterly approach with the Japanese method to apply layers of colour directly on to multiple woodblocks. Using very few cut blocks, the images are hand-printed onto Japanese paper. 'Looming' has 10 layers and only two cut blocks; 'Transition' has 11 layers, and no cut blocks at all.

Rooted in a landscape tradition, Sara Lee's images are a response to the ephemeral nature of terrain; a gentle and evocative connection between what is known and what is imagined or remembered.

Sara Lee studied Printmaking at Central School of Art. London. Selected Exhibitions: Rabley Gallery; London Original Print Fair; Photo Ireland, Dublin; Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions. Residences - UK: Rabley Drawing Centre; The Peninsula Project, Stoneman Gallery, Cornwall; Brisons Veor - Cornwall; Alayrac, France. Selected Collections: Golder - Thompson Collection; Swindon Museum and Gallery Colllection; Otter Gallery, Univ. of Chichester Collection; Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; Tama Univ. Collection, Tokyo.

Approach by Sara Lee



Approach, 2018

Japanese Woodcut

27 x 47 cm

Edition of 25

Exhibited at the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018
This print has sold out at the Royal Academy, Rabley has a limited number of prints available


  • Approach by Sara Lee
  • Imminence by Sara Lee
  • Transition by Sara Lee
  • Looming by Sara Lee
  • Transform by Sara Lee
  • Interchange by Sara Lee
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