Sara Tyson
Fine Arts, Parry Sound Ontario Canada
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Contact details
Tel: 705 3780893 Fax: 705 3780895
Brief Summary
Sara Tyson began her career as an illustrator 30 years ago. After completing her studies at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, she worked for many years as both illustrator and graphic designer in national magazines. This dual role as a professional increased her understanding of the function of illustration in communication arts and also made her a thoughtful problem solver. Her figures occupy a highly organized space, with shape, texture, contrast and colour all playing important parts in her concepts. Sara is inspired by early Christian and Byzantine art. The figures possess very rigid facial expressions, which evoke a sense of tension. There is great power and immediacy. Every gesture speaks loudly. Compositions are flat and hierarchical with no systematic use of perspective, which creates odd scales and frames of reference. Sara finds that this environment lends itself well to story telling. Favourite artists of the 20th century include Pablo Picasso, Lyonel Feninger, Henry Moore, Diego Rivera, Ben Shahn, Georgia O’Keefe and Francis Bacon… just to name a few.

American Lawyer Media
CA Magazine
Festival of the Sound
The Globe & Mail
Harcourt Publishers
Harvard Business Review
National Endowment for the Humanities
On Wall Street Magazine
Pacific Opera Victoria
Penguin Group (Canada)
The Progressive Magazine
Reader’s Digest Magazine
Rogers Media Inc.
Road & Track Magazine
Strategic Finance Magazine
Utne Reader
Vanderbilt University
The Washington Post
Awards and Recognition
Applied Arts Magazine Awards Annual 1993, 1994
Applied Arts Magazine Design & Advertising Annual 2002/2003
Applied Arts Magazine Photography & Illustration Awards Annual 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
Canadian Business Press – Kenneth R. Wilson Memorial Awards 2000, 2004 (Gold), 2005
21st Annual International Regional Magazine Association Awards, 2001 (Silver)
Lürzer's Archive Special: 200 Best Illustrators worldwide, 11/12
Society of Illustrators (NYC) 44th-2003, 45th-2004 Annual National Exhibitions
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Illustration West 44-2005, 45--2006 (Gold), 49-2010
3x3 Illustration Annual No.1-2005, No.2–2006, No.3–2007, No.4–2008

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