50 Shades of Aubergine

Eggplants: Averaged. Acyrlic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 2016 byEggplants: Averaged. Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee. $2,595 For purchase inquiries, contact Cerulean Gallery at 214.564.1199.

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You guys, this one wasn't easy. I think it's been enough years since I was assigned to do 3- and 4-foot paintings (i.e. art school) that I'm unaccustomed to working on this scale. Especially in a representational mode.

It's good to stretch these rusty muscles! As with Sushi Leftovers, the grid was my friend. So was masking tape.


In Eggplants, I'm playing with the idea of color sampling - what if you selected a small area of an image and mixed all its constituent colors together. What shade would it be? An icy blue? A puky green? Or a lovely lavender? Again you can see the influence of modern quilting in my paintings.


So... I started this painting before they came out with the eggplant emoji, which took on a whole new meaning pretty much immediately. Not my fault. But at least one major manufacturer has run with the idea (potentially NSFW, click if you dare).

Eggplants: Averaged is available at Cerulean Gallery as part of the exhibition On Edge Part I, featuring work by Sarah Atlee, Fritz Danner, Nic Noblique, and Victoria Taylor-Gore, on display 16 September - 28 October 2016. Visit Cerulean Gallery to learn more.