Sally Arnold grew up in the Karoo, South Africa, studied Fine Art at Cape Town Technikon and the Royal Academy in Antwerp, received a Master’s in Art History from Frankfurt’s J.W. Goethe University and began practising art in Rome in 1994. Fulfilling private and public commissions in Europe, her sculptural work was shown in Frankfurt (2001), Venice (2002) and St Tropez (2006) on international group exhibitions.
A self-taught painter as of 1994, she currently focuses on realist thematic portraiture of flowers in oils, water colours .and coloured pencils. In June 2012 she completed a 2 month residency (working title *bhlo- blossom/flow) at Combaz 7, Switzerland, where she researched tiny Alpine spring blossoms and related European poetry. Botanical water colours were exhibited at Kirstenbosch Biennale, Cape Town 2013.
Interested in calligraphy, languages, colour psychology and light, her work is reverential towards the organizing principles of plants, and builds upon historical draughtsmanship and the phenomenal artistry of natural forms. She currently works from a studio in the Karoo, on a new series of drawings on paper, canvas and wood panels – and occasionally ceramics.
‘Wildflowers on Paper’, Irma Stern Museum – Cape Town
‘Nos meilleurs voeux’, Galerie l’Indépendance, Banque Internationale – Luxembourg
Luxembourg Art Prize 2017
Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition: South Africa
Sanlam National Portrait Award
Ongoing additions to print editions of limited archival botanical prints (digital)