Sarajo Frieden

03/08/13

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Over the past 8 years that I have been working as an artist, I have met and befriended some incredibly inspiring people. Near the top of my “I want to be like ____ when I grow up” list is artist Sarajo Frieden. Sarajo lives and works in Los Angeles, where she draws and paints and illustrates for a living. What first attracted me to Sarajo’s work is its depth: every painting or drawing or collage is layered and detailed exquisitely. Even her monochromatic line drawings are fantastically complex.

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The style of our work is very different, but Sarajo and I have a few things in common: our work is generally very narrative (evokes a “story” even when there isn’t one written), we love to work with shape & pattern, and we are both inspired by folk culture and history. For these reasons, I developed a kinship with Sarajo early on, even before I met her in person for the first time.

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I first met Sarajo in person in 2008 when she came to San Francisco to have a show in my gallery (I curated a space from 2007-2010). I was already enamored by Sarajo’s work, but I instantly fell in love with Sarajo the person. She is extremely kind and warm and wise, and I am so glad to know her. Like artist Helen Dardik (who I wrote about here), Sarajo and I are represented by the same illustration agency, so I get to see her at least once a year.

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Recently Sarajo updated her website, and you can see a full range of all of the beautiful work she has done over the past few years.

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Some of her hand lettering work is my favorite.

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You can keep up with what Sarajo up to by signing up for her lovely and always engaging email list.

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