Sarah Jane Szikora
In life, we are lucky if we find our passion, something we love to do. Sarah-Jane discovered this thing in hospital aged 4. Eye bandaged from surgery, there was a crayon in her hand and despite the obvious handicap she was drawing pictures. Many years later this passion is thriving.
Encouraged by both her English mother and Hungarian Father, Sarah-Jane attended Harrogate and Cleveland Art Colleges. Specialising in illustration she has worked as a freelance artist since 1991.
Outrageously exaggerated figures and animals, naughty food and gingerbread men form the main subjects in the artwork created by Sarah-Jane. Her amusing take on the human condition would challenge even the sternest individual not to crack a smile. Each painting offers an insight to the artist’s world, delivered with a quirkiness that makes Sarah-Jane’s work instantly recognisable.
Commenting on her ‘fat ladies’ she says, “There is an obsession in our society about appearance, everyone is on a diet or opting for cosmetic improvements; “why is it we dislike ourselves so much?”
She should know, after struggling with an eating disorder from her teens to her early thirties, there was plenty to consider. Despite finally leaving this unhappy condition behind, the legacy of that disorder is plainly visible right through her art, the distorted bodies, tiny heads, a deep fascination for food and our relationship with it.
Sarah-Jane’s artwork began with these difficult personal experiences but has long since migrated into the universal arena of human behaviour.
Galleries across the UK and overseas have supported her popular artwork, it has also been successfully exhibited in major London shows and reproduced as limited edition prints, sculpture, Royal Worcester ceramic ware and much more.
Living and working in North Shields (to be near the sea) Sarah-Jane still has terrible eyesight and exhibits her original artworks with alarming irregularity.