Sara Risley Art

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Opening Reception: June 14th | 5-8 pm

Sara Risley

Exhibit: Conversations in Color

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Artist Statement

Recent works in photography and painting
The most striking feature of my work is color-- bright, intense, and vibrant. In my photographic art, the color might come from the subject matter or might be revealed when layering or saturating many images. I further explore color and expression through alcohol ink paintings. Often my paintings become source material for my photographic art. In both art forms, I hope viewers will be drawn to the images or colors that appeal to them. The intensity of the color can lure the viewer in to witness the often intricate details of lines and shapes within.

I approach photography in an exploratory manner. Using my camera and I-phone non-traditionally, I look for ways to make the mundane exceptional and then experiment on the computer until I feel the final piece has been revealed. My alcohol ink work is a whimsical practice of both serendipity and precision.

In my abstract photography and paintings, I present non-explicit images that can initiate conversation from the literal-“What is it?” or “How did you do that?” to the internal “What do I feel about this?” or “How is it affecting me?”

I hope you enjoy my Conversations in Color, and that it provokes, inspires, and spurs thought and conversation.

“The most astonishing possibilities remain to be discovered in the raw material of photograph" photographers "must learn to seek, not the 'picture,' not the esthetic of tradition, but the ideal instrument of expression.”
- Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

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Artist Biography

Born and raised in Elgin, Illinois, Sara Risley is a working artist living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She studied photography at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas followed by a 27-year career as a portrait photographer in Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. Since retiring, she works fulltime at her art. She is greatly influenced by the Abstract Expressionists as is evident in both her abstract photography and her paintings. She has shown in juried shows and galleries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Missouri and her work is in private collections throughout the US. She is an avid volunteer at Literacy Services of Wisconsin where she tutors adults working toward their GEDs and is a huge fan of Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Where to find Sara:

Facebook: Sara Risley Fine Art
Instagram: Sara Risley Art


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Gallerie M is located on the first floor of the InterContinental Milwaukee and features inspiring local and regional artwork. InterContinental Milwaukee curates the space on a rotating basis. Exhibits will be on display for 4 to 6 weeks with an Opening Night Reception on a date of the artist's choosing. Contact the current curator, Cassy Scrima via email at to inquire about showing in Gallerie M.



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