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This project consists of a series of four oil paintings on canvas. It is an investigation into reproduction and appropriation in painting, looking primarily at 17th century vanitas still-life paintings with a focus on images that include books and literature. As the commission was initially planned to be held in a library setting, the intention was to draw attention to the history of books in paintings.
Sarah Gilman is a painter currently living and working in the North West of England. Gilman studied Fine Art Painting (BA Hons) at University Centre St Helens and graduated in 2018 with First Class Honours. She has exhibited both locally and nationally since 2017 and was awarded First Prize at St Helens Open Arts Prize 2019.