Demur at Flux Exhibition with Sara Abbott

Flux Exhibition is a unique but popular art event and a rare opportunity to see a diverse range of gifted artists displaying their work. With 90 distinct artists, the summer event will be hosted by Chelsea College of Art in London and curated by Lisa Gray. We are honoured to be a media partner for Flux Exhibition, an event that provides artists with the perfect platform to showcase their work to a worldwide audience. Art is a beautiful talent that deserves to be recognised and celebrated and Flux help with that. We caught up with some of the artists ahead of the show to talk weird habits, what art pieces they would like to be and their plans for Flux.

Sara Abbott

What have you got prepared for Flux?

I specialise in animal portraiture to the highest standard, an official Kennel Club artist and have been a resident artist at Harrods for two years.  I’m passionate about dogs and donate part of my commission fees to animals in rescue.  For FLUX this year I am creating a small collection of decorative dogs and dogs in motion.  I have four fantastic Great Dane ‘models’ to work with and will exhibit four 80 x 80cm canvasses plus two minis.  I’m leaving behind my usual very tight work and allowing the paint to be freer.

What message do you hope to display with your art?

I’m passionate about promoting man’s best friend to the world, they’ve been walking by our side since the dawn of time and yet many still find themselves in dire straits.  The faithful hound has been depicted in art by many great known artists and some we hardly hear about: Landseer, John Sargent, Gainsborough, Stubbs and perhaps my favourite, Maud Earl.  They’ve been the main subject or tucked away in a corner for centuries but I like to bring them to the fore, show them in a simple field of colour and let their spirits shine.  And if I can help those down on their luck through the portraits of the fortunate then that’s a good thing, right?

How hard is the life of an artist really?

I’m very fortunate in that my work is in great demand, I have a long waiting list which lifts the financial pressure.  My professional artist’s career started nearly twenty years ago and I can honestly say I’ve loved every second.  I am my work and my work is my life.  If I need to reach a deadline I work faster if it’s sunny outside I can take my ‘tools’ and paint en plain air (I also create landscapes).  I’ve tailored my life to suit my work, I don’t have a home of my own but have a studio in an old rambling Manor House in the Chilterns.  My possessions are outnumbered by my paints and brushes and I am truly following my dream.  How hard is it?  It’s not hard at all because I’m using each day exactly as I want to.

See more in our No Future Punk Mash-Up July issue 

Location: 16 John Islip St, Westminster, London SW1P 4JU

More info: www.fluxexhibition.com

Tickets available from lisa@fluxexhibition.com

Nearest Tube: Pimlico

Opening Hours

12th July 18.00 – 21.00 Private View (ticketed)

13th July 11.00 – 20.00

14th July 11.00 – 20.00

15th July 11.00 – 20.00

16th July 10.00 – 15.00