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Critic’s choice: Allure and Utility by Sarah Green, Artspace 111

There were a lot of great shows this year, but if memorability in art is worth anything, then this exhibit wins hands –– and panties –– down. A sexualized trip through the female psyche, Allure and Utility featured Green’s colorful digital portraits of L.A. model Taylor Vlahos in all manner of undress and with her eyes saying everything from come hither to WTF?


Voted one of the Top 5 Local Artworks by Fort Worth Weekly: “Stick Stuck” by Sarah Green

Exhibited at Artspace 111, “Stick Stuck” is one of digital painter Sarah Green’s portraits of L.A. model Taylor Vlahos, here standing in black lingerie, thigh-highs, and heels and holding a home-pregnancy test –– the little “+” glows red –– sending up all sorts of ideas about femininity, portraiture, and the dreaded male gaze.

“Allure” at Artspace 111

by Jimmy Fowler, Fort Worth Weekly --- Blotch

Images of hot celebrities – especially hot women celebrities – are so ubiquitous in our culture, few people pause and ponder the ramifications of marketing Beautiful People like consumer products. Those who do ask questions are usually dismissed as either out-of-touch moralists or cranky feminists. Digital painter Sarah Green seeks a middle way with her new show Allure & Utility, which opens Fri Oct 28 with a 5:30-8:30pm reception at Artspace 111, 111 Hampton St, FW. The show closes Dec 7.

Among the works in Allure & Utility are colorful images of the gorgeous Los Angeles model Taylor Vlahos, who radiates an old school Hollywood sensuality that is very sex kitten-ish. (Vlahos is scheduled to attend the opening reception). Green seems to want to honor Vlahos’s undeniable hotness as well as poke fun at the way her appeal can be mass produced and marketed like an iPad. Approach this show as Green has — with an appreciation for beauty, a critical mind, and a sense of humor.

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Los Angeles model, Taylor Vlahos to appear at Fort Worth artist Sarah Green's New Contemporary Art Exhibit "Allure and Utility" 
Fort Worth, TX - October 12 - "Allure and Utility," a new contemporary art exhibit by Fort Worth's noted personality artist Sarah Green, features a kaleidoscope of feminist ideas expertly communicated through provocative humor and Green's signature Hollywood style.

The exhibit is composed of a series of ten large portraits featuring Los Angeles model Taylor Vlahos who will be appearing at the exhibit.

"I chose Taylor Vlahos as my muse because she's simply the ultimate example of today's woman," says Green. "She's extraordinarily beautiful, yet completely down-to-earth. Taylor can build a car engine and beat anyone, man or woman, at mixed martial arts, she can be at once sultry and demure, strong and vulnerable, dizzy and divine."

"Allure and Utility" premieres Friday, October 28, 2011 from 5:30-8:30p..m. at Art Space 111 located at 111 Hampton St., Fort Worth, TX, 817.692.3228, The show is scheduled to run through Wednesday, December 7, 2011.

Vlahos who currently appears as a model on the Oxygen Channel's "Hair Battle Spectacular," will be available for photo opportunities will be autographing printed postcards, photographs, and photo books of the artwork from the exhibit.

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Sarah Green to Premiere New Contemporary Art Exhibit "Allure and Utility"
- presenting a kaleidoscope of provocative humor and feminist ideas


Fort Worth, TX - October 12 - "Allure and Utility," a new contemporary art exhibit by Fort Worth's noted personality artist Sarah Green, features a kaleidoscope of feminist ideas expertly communicated through provocative humor and Green's signature Hollywood style.

The exhibit is composed of a series of ten large portraits featuring Los Angeles model Taylor Vlahos. At first glance, the overtly sexual works of art appear as naughty, daunting, and risque, but upon a closer look, they portray a powerful social commentary about a sex driven society's objectification of women and the abuse and sublimation the women themselves experience. Green's brilliant use of bright colors and digital imaging creates a juxtaposition between two worlds, one of light and dark; humor and frustration, as she uses her painterly skills to lift the mask from Hollywood's pre-madonna to reveal the humanity behind the stunningly beautiful, but artificial image that Hollywood creates of women.

"Men and women like to look at images of lovely, perfect, highly sexual, unreal people," says Green. "No one can ever live up to the expectations that are set up when we idealize a human being. Everyone will be disappointed when someone who has been idealized reveals their humanity. "

Allure and Utility speaks all at once about beauty, lust, feminism, sex, abuse, sublimation, social perception, and cultural blame. It is a striking exhibit that commands attention and demands a response, asking the audience the subliminal question: "Which way will you turn the kaleidoscope?" Which lens will you see the exhibit through? The lens of lust, beauty, or pain?

The works displayed by Green are classified as "digital paintings" which are hand drawn into her computer through her touch-pen and graphics tablet, and are printed onto commercial signage materials. Her expertise as a painter and background as printmaker who specializes in etching and silkscreening is revealed through the distinctly painterly effect she achieves in her work.

"Digital imaging is the new frontier in art," says Green, "but one still has to know how to draw, one has to have studied, mastered and broken the rules before one can excel in computer art."

The exhibit also features revisions of classic film icons set in darkly humorous scenes cartooned in black and white as sort of a cheeky twist on classic "pin up" art. It also showcases new additions to Green's ongoing "Sacred Lives" portrait project that features Fort Worth personalities Gary Leatherwood, a stylist who does the hair of Fort Worth's finest residents and beloved and popular local artist Nancy Lamb.

"Allure and Utility" premieres Friday, October 28, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at Art Space 111 located at 111 Hampton St., Fort Worth, TX, 817.692.3228, The show is scheduled to run through Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
Vlahos, the Los Angeles model featured in the exhibit who currently appears as a model on the Oxygen Channel's "Hair Battle Spectacular" will be appearing at the show's opening.
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Straight from - "art of jackass show"

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Fort Worth Business Press

A video with Jeff Tremaine, Emperor of "jackass", & Sarah Green

LA turns to Fort Worth portraitist for ‘the art of jackass’

Sarah Green to unveil her collection October 14, 2010 at the Thought Gallery

10.05.2010 – Fort Worth artist Sarah Green’s portraits hang in the homes of Van Cliburn, Kirk Douglas, the family of late President Gerald Ford ... and her show, “the art of jackass", is part of the LA scene as “jackass 3D” opens October 15th in theaters nationwide.


Green’s show opens with a 9 p.m. reception October 14th at The Thought Gallery in Los Angeles at 1621 Cahuenga Blvd.

How did Green go from former presidents to the disgusting, dangerous, hilarious MTV phenomenon that caught on, caught flak from irate parents and then was made into three movies?


Says Green, “‘jackass’ has artistic merit: If we say that art can spur social change, alter our perspective, influence our society, then ‘jackass’ is a successful artistic venture. It's a social and media phenomenon that has swept the world over the past decade. ‘jackass’ has broken down media and societal taboos: Graphic displays of male nudity, physical injury, vomiting and defecating are shown in a spirit of gleeful tomfoolery and complete, breathtaking honesty, without malice.”


A few of the portraits of will even be in “jackass 3D”.

Green has created portraits of Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Steve-O, Rick Kosick and the rest, along with an iconic image of a finger dipped in -- you’ll have to go to her website,  and see for yourself.


“All the guys are gifted creatives of some sort,” says Green. “They're very talented musicians, actors, visual artists, athletes, writers. I can relate to them.”


She says she was given complete freedom to paint “the guys” any way she chose. “They're not hung up about their images, and collectively, they have a wonderful sense of the absurd, which they allowed me to utilize fully in each portrait.”


The back story

Sarah Green, 51, was born in London, England, and received a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from Texas Wesleyan University in 1984. She learned figurative drawing from her father, Christopher Hill, and has studied intaglio etching and other techniques, as well as photography with well-known artists. She was a commercial artist from age 15, and that work included several years with the Texas Refinery Corp. and the Pate family of Fort Worth. Says Green, “Many people find it interesting that I am a 51-year- old mom who is friendly with the ‘jackass’ boys. The guys are very respectful of moms and they think I am a ‘nice lady.’ They usually don't swear in front of me too much.”


Sarah Green Does Jackass

The stars of the laugh-out-loud show and movies are the subjects

of a Fort Worth artist’s digital paintings.


How many artists can say they have work in the private collections of Van Cliburn and the late President Gerald Ford’s family as well as those of


Henry Rollins and Johnny Knoxville? Fort Worth’s own Sarah Green, 51, is a British-born printmaker and self-described “digital painter” whose vibrant celebrity images are slowly gaining fame around the country. Last month Green celebrated her first solo Los Angeles show,

The Art of Jackass

, a series of computer-drawn head shots and portraits of the cast of the beloved and condemned ’00s reality show and subsequent movies, all full of bizarre, scatological, and sometimes naked stunts.


“Some people are drawn to landscapes and some to architectural work, but I’m fascinated by people’s faces,” Green said. “I love the ravishing Hollywood photos by George Hurrell of women like Greta Garbo and Carole Lombard. I also love intensely physical sports like hockey and boxing –– my grandfather was a fighter –– so the


boys are natural subjects for me.”

Green’s late artist father, Christopher Hill, schooled her in the essentials of her artistic obsession –– an intense appreciation for celebrity iconography and an ability to express that appreciation through drawing. While she was growing up in England and later after the family moved to Texas, she went to the movies with her father constantly. He favored 1930s and ’40s dramas and adventures that starred dashing figures like Alan Ladd, Errol Flynn, and Douglas Fairbanks Sr. As soon as she was old enough to hold a pencil, she learned figure drawing from her father. Her first solo exhibition was in 2006 at Artspace 111 and, unsurprisingly, featured a collection of movie star portraits called In My Father’s Chair.

Although she earned a degree in vocal performance at Texas Wesleyan University in 1984, she remained focused on visual art. Her first paid jobs were commercial assignments: sign painting, murals, and ad illustrations. As an adult, she went on to work extensively in oil painting, photography, printmaking, and her current medium of digital painting on an iMac computer. She’s unashamed to cite commercial art as an influence throughout her career. “It’s very difficult to make a living as an artist unless you do commercial work,” she said. “Every artist I know has had to do it at some point during their career.”

Although she doesn’t consider Andy Warhol a primary influence –– Toulouse-Lautrec, Goya, and Rembrandt are among her personal gods –– she loves the “commercial gloss” of Warhol’s famous prints and the confidence and clarity of their images. “I don’t think Warhol necessarily captured the personality of his subjects, but he understood how strong our obsession with image was,” Green said. “That’s why his work is so beautiful to look at.”

Green uses Adobe Illustrator software to create her digital paintings, which are funny, fierce, and almost kinetic, with pools and streams of liquid color. She doesn’t work with filters or manipulate original images. Instead, she snaps casual photos of her subjects for inspiration and draws their faces by hand, using a graphic tablet and a pressure-sensitive pen. The toxic effects of years of working with paint led her to the medium of digital painting. And although the legendary David Hockney has since come out as a fan of making art on his iPad, the transition to a new technology wasn’t easy for Green. “I grappled with this as a legitimate art form,” she said. “I’m old enough to have worked in very traditional media for most of my life. I thought, ‘This is too easy. I’m not having to crank the prints through the press myself.’ But I’ve always worked intensely in very short spurts, so this works very well for me.”

These works comprised the dozen or so pieces in The Art of Jackass, whose opening coincided with the recent national release of the Jackass 3-D movie. Portraits in the show included Knoxville; his pal Jesse Merlin, a bisexual S&M aficionado posing with a photo of gay English icon Quentin Crisp; Jackass producer Shanna Zablow walking a rooster on a leash as a motorcyclist flies perilously through the air overhead; and a mock comic book page celebrating cast member England’s ability to “shit on command” called Cautionary Tales: House of Poo. Jackass 3-D director Jeff Tremaine “came by for the opening and pronounced the show a major success,” Green said.

His words came as a huge relief to Green, because two hours before the reception, the artist arrived at the gallery and was shocked to find that her work had been neither framed nor placed on the walls. The event was organized in record time though. “I think I lost two years off my life,” Green said, “but they told me, ‘That’s the Hollywood way.’ ”




Ro2 Gallery Press release


"The fun steps up in the bar, a cocktail of retro delights with a dash of whimsy (orange and green gumballs act as a design element) created by designer Danny Lee. The Rat Pack salute features a wall of barware from back in the day, includin...g a red upholstered ice bucket flanked with highball glasses etched with numbers -- as if anyone was counting. It a mini-mise-en-scène that makes you want to sit down with a martini beneath local artist Sarah Green's natty painting of Emma Peel, the stylish Avenger".
Barbara Rodriguez, Fort Worth Star Telegram, 10/2/10 (Historic Fort Worth 2010 Designer Showhouse)


From Artspace 111 -

Portrait of President Gerald Ford

Artist Sarah Green Becomes an Action Figure

 "Sarah Green's digitally created prints are gorgeous pop art meditations on the icons she admired along with her movie-loving father (who was once an authentic British butler to the stars). Barbarella, Eastwood, McQueen, Beatty - - it's almost a flashback, but too contemporary-looking to seem dated."
-- Titus O'Brien, Fort Worth Star-Telegram


"Sarah Green makes digital paintings of old-fashioned heartthrobs that look a bit like posterized paint-by-number art. She draws with her mouse, then fills in the areas with flat colors that are often a tad askew. This unrealistic choice of hues gives her work a modern jolt even if her subjects are old school". — Gaile Robinson 1/15/08   (Review of "Right Between the Eyes: Portraits of Film Cowboys")



Below: with Tom Huckabee, Johnny Reno and Jason Ritter at the 2007 Lone Star International Film Festival (photo courtesy