image of the artist sarah sweeney new york city

"I can be inspired by a gas station as much as a trip through the Moma.” The artist invites those who see her work to examine more carefully — to look again at — the world around them, to discover beauty, humor, and insight in unexpected places.

New York City artist Sarah Sweeney left Parsons School of Design to create her art on a more independent streak. Her portfolio bears witness to the manic range of her artistic curiosity, running the gamut from noir-like fascination with the sensual and lurid and underground, to friction between high and low culture, to a kind of nostalgia for urban Americana. She explores responses from beautiful to bizarre, subversive to funny. Her solo shows in New York City comprised of demonic pizza ballpoint pen etchings, and large scale oils of phone-sex ads and Bernhardt Goetz on canvas garnered her invites in to other esteemed group shows and lead to a permanent display of oil paintings on velvet at the 63 Wall Street luxury apartment building in the Financial district.