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Sarah Arnold loves painting dogs in her spare time. Sarah likes to paint her dog portraits and pet portraits from the perspective of the human looking down. This approach has created an exciting new angle on dog and cat portraits.
Introduction   Sarah also works as an Illustrator.
Education   1990-93 Goldsmiths College of Art: B.A. Fine Art  
1989-90 Brighton College of Art: Foundation course  
1995-96 Sorbonne Paris: Maitrisse History of Art  
1997-99 London College of Printing: 2 yr course printmaking techniques  
1999-2000 Chelsea College of Art : Continuing studies course in Illustration & Life painting
Selected Commissions   1999 Mr C Baylis LLM  
2000 Mr C Baylis LLM  
2000 Mr & Mrs Papenfus  
2000 Mr & Mrs Taylor  
2001 Mr A Taha  
2001 Miss G Smith  
2001 Mrs J Phillips  
2001 Mr & Mrs Chapman  
2002 Stephen Jones  
2002 Mr Clarke  
2002 Mr Streiker  
2002 Mr & Mrs Chapman  
2003 Mrs Ison  
2004 Mr & Mrs Papenfus."Tom."  
2004 Mr & Mrs. Chapman. "Binny"  
2004 Nick Bassilk "Greyhounds"  
2005 Amin Taha "Lulu."  
2005 Amir Mittel "Pips."  
2005 Larrisa Brown " Kerry."  
2005 Eva Little " Squeak."  
2006 Spider & Bobbie "Branley"  
2006 Mr & Mrs Poliniki " Terriers."  
2007 Mr & Mrs Papenfus "Louis."
Group Exhibitions   1994 - Artificial Eye exhibition, Mall Galleries, London  
1994 - Paragon Studios Open Studios, London  
1997 - Etchings,Queensway Exhibition Hall, London  
1997 - Studio Voltaire Open Studio Exhibition, London  
1998 - Etchings & Lithographs, Queensway Exhibition Hall, London  
2000 - Etchings & Lithographs, R.K.Burt Gallery, Union Street, London  
2001 - Chelsea College of Art: Exhibition of Illustrations  
2002 - Birmingham MacMillan Prize Children's Illustration Exhibition  
2002 - Walton Gallery, 'Best in Show'
Solo Exhibitions   1995 - Cote Jardin Uzes France, solo show drawings of local villages & landscape
Artist's Statement   Though I began painting portraits of people, modern paintings of dogs, which I slipped into an exhibition, attracted a lot of attention. From then on I was doing dog portraits and realised there was quite a big market amongst people with slightly more modern taste for these modern and mildly humorous renderings of dogs. Dogs have a lot of character and visually they are very humorous, so I try to bring this out in my portraits on white block canvases with the dog looking up and out of the canvas as they do in life. I also aim to really capture the character of each dog, and people usually say of the commission that I have exactly caught their dog’s individual expression. However I am still available to paint people. I don't want to die as the great dog portraitist!  
When painting dogs I try to bring out the particular nature and physical appearance of that dog, the dog may lend itself to a cheeky humorous rendering or a more aloof and noble type of painting. I try to create a calm perhaps Dutch stillness with quite a modern pose or style of painting.

Statement      Sarah Arnold initially meets the owner to asses the character and nature of the sitter and discusses what the client would like brought out in their character and the preferred style. She then makes a few sketches of the sitter and anything to be included in the composition. This takes around an hour. Then the artist takes reference photographs if painting dogs to work from as they are obviously not the best stitters! This should be sufficient for her to work from and should not take more than 3 hours. If Sarah feels that she does not have enough information or does not know the sitter she may need a second visit. If the client is not based in London then the artist can and has worked on site if that is preferable.  
Sarah is happy to offer advice on framing or have the painting framed for the client for an additional fee plus the price of the frame.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 500    $720
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 800    $1150
Half LengthFrom £ 1000 $1440
3/4 LengthFrom £ 1500 $2160
Full LengthFrom £ 2000 $2880
Double PortraitFrom £ 1500 $2160
Group PortraitFrom £ 2000 $2880
AnimalsFrom £ 800 $1130
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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