Sarah Longley is an Irish artist based in Scotland. Sarah graduated with First Class Honours in Drawing & Painting from Edinburgh College of Art and completed her Masters Degree in Fine Art there in 2001. She lived in Edinburgh for many years before relocating to the north-west Highlands six years ago. The natural surroundings of her home by Loch Alsh provide a continuous seam of inspiration.
In addition to a rich body of work in portraiture, self-portraiture, nature studies and landscape, Sarah often works collaboratively with her father, the poet Michael Longley CBE. Many of Sarah’s pen and ink drawings are responses to her father’s poetry. At other times, her surroundings in the Scottish Highlands have been the poet’s inspiration. Indeed it was Michael Longley’s collection ‘Angel Hill’ that was my introduction to Sarah Longley’s art. A studio visit in the summer of 2018 followed, with walks up Angel Hill itself and out onto the salt marsh opposite her home where tiny sea asters thrive, the subject of father and daughter’s poetry and drawings, respectively.
Sarah’s solo exhibition opening on Saturday 23rd February features the original pen and ink drawings for three of Michael Longley’s poetry collections: Sea Asters (2015), The Dipper’s Range (2016) and Ghetto (2019), all published by Andrew J Moorhouse’s Fine Press Poetry. The Ghetto sequence is being seen for the first time. Sarah’s large scale charcoal drawing ‘After Amergin’ will also be shown.
“The strength of her work rests not only on her assiduous attention to the demands of each area of subject matter, but also, very much, on the consistency of her dark-edged vision.” -Aidan Dunne, Irish Times
On the opening Saturday, 23rd February at 2.00pm, Michael Longley will be reading his poetry in the gallery, surrounded by Sarah Longley’s artwork – a very special event, not to be missed.
The Junor Gallery is very pleased to be presenting Sarah Longley’s work. I hope you enjoy the exhibition. Your purchases will support the artist and the gallery, at this time when we need art and poetry’s truth more than ever.