• Sarah Tse
  • Artist Story
  • Sarah’s elaborate pencil drawings have often been described as whimsical and sensual in nature, her inspiration continues to be derived from childhood memories, personal travels and fleeting dreams. She draws an array of paradoxical patterns and images that evoke a delicate, nostalgic and often disturbing ambience to her drawings. Images of square robots, towering stacks of teacups, innocent woodland creatures, and sensuous blooming roses are omnipresent.

    Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sarah graduated with a BA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College in London in 2009, she then began exhibiting her drawings to crowds in New York, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei and other cities. In 2011, Sarah was awarded by Perspective Magazine in Asia as a winner of ‘40 Under 40’, cementing her reputation as one of the outstanding artists under the age of 40 in Asia. Sarah also participated several residency projects in Asia - Beppu in Kyushu Japan with P3 art and environment, Shiseido Co., Ltd and Sasakawa Foundation, Tainan in Taiwan with Tainan Tourism Department, Shanghai in China with Office339 Gallery, etc. Sarah’s artworks were also exhibited in numerous international art fairs such as London Art Fair (2011 & 2012), Scope Art Fair New York (2015), Affordable Art Fair London (2012), Affordable Art Fair Seoul (2015), Taipei Art Expo (2014), etc. Sarah’s drawings are also in the permanent museum collection of the V&A Museum in London, Ingram Collection at the Lightbox in Surrey, UK and other private collections in Asia.

    Sarah Tse also curated exhibition in recent years, her recent curated exhibition 'Finding Utopia' was part of the Hong Kong Art Basel week in Hong Kong in 2016.

    In the beginning of Sarah’s artistic journey, she only used pencil and paper, the most basic tool, to create her monochrome fantasy. In recent years, she has been developing unique surfaces by collaging layers of different materials : recycled paper, lace, grass, cloth, sand, resin, moulding paste on wood panels. These unconventional surfaces creates a huge contrast against the delicate monochrome pencil sketches,lightweight watercolor and egg tempera, shifting the traditional perspective of flat drawing towards a more sculptural touch.

    Another important element to Sarah’s work is her handmade papers. She collects papers from all over the world every time she travels, soak them in glue and water with recycle materials such as leaves, newspapers, disposable packaging and tissues. The deckle edges of the handmade papers establish a grotesque yet timeless state for Sarah’s mysterious animals, erotic plants, vintage machines and other strange objects.

    Moreover, Sarah loves to draw on white walls. Walls provide a canvas that lacks the vulnerability of paper, yet giving a transient quality similar in nature to dreams- a vital element in her drawings Sarah seeks to recreate these dreams in an alternate realm through her sketches, a world where people escape from reality and remain innocent.

    Sarah lives and works in New York City.
  • Location
  • Hong Kong

Artist CV

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design BA Fine Art graduated in 2009


From the Studio



Creative Mischief 19-29 May 2016 National Academy Museum
Tokyo Art Fair (solo) 13-14 May 2016 Omotesando Hills, Tokyo Japan
Affordable Art Fair 12-15 May 2016, HKCEE, Hong Kong
Finding Utopia (curated by Sarah Tse) 22 March - 30 April 2016 Artify Gallery, Hong Kong
Discovery and Illusion: Between Art and Fashion 28 January - 28 February 2016 National Academy Museum & School, New York

Affordable Art Fair 11-13 Sep, 2015 DDP
Reverie (Three person show) 20 May - 15 July 2015 Artify Gallery, Hong Kong
Creative Mischief 15-21 May 2015National Academy Museum , New York
Scope Art Fair 5-8 March 2015Metropolitan Pavilion , New York

台喃細語 12﹣31 July 2014 柳屋 台南
Affordable Art Fair 21-23 March 2014 HKCEC
Asia Contemporary Art Show 2013 2-5 Oct 2014 Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong

Sojourn (Two person Show) 31 Oct - 25 Nov 2013 Artify Gallery, Hong Kong
Lolat Tainan (solo) 26 Oct - 10 Nov 2013, Iori, Tainan, Taiwan
Asia Contemporary Art Show 2013 23-26 May 2013 JW Marriot Hotel, Hong Kong
Spring Benefit 2012 21 May, 2013 White Box, New York

Shanghai and its Talisman (solo) Office339 Viewing Room, Shanghai, China
The Ingram Collection: Dreams and Nightmares 22 May- 15July 2012 The Lightbox, Surrey, UK
Young Art Taipei 2011 台北國際當代藝術博覽會 11-13 May 2012 Sheraton Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
Spring Benefit 2012 25 April 2012 White Box, New York
Reflection 23- 30 April 2012 The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong
The16th Salon Show 17-19 March 2012 Greenpoint Gallery, New York

Ecstasy and Captivity 魅惑‧異夢 (solo) 1 - 11 September 2011 Linkbridge, Swire Island East, Hong Kong
Art Taipei 2011 台北國際藝術博覽會 (solo) 26-29 August 2011 Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan
The Ingram Collection: Prints and Printmaking 19 Feb - 16 April 2011 The Lightbox, Surrey, UK
London Art Fair 2011 19 - 23 Jan 2011 Business Design Centre, Islington, London, UK

Parallex 22 - 27 Nov 2010 La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, London ; Curated by Dr Chris Barlow
Everything seems;for everything as well as everybody, heretofore all unknown Curios, Stories and Strange Things Told
Solo exhibition tour in Japan 2010 - 21 Sep - 4 Oct Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo; 3 - 17 Sep Konya2023 Gallery, Fukuoka; 28-29 Aug Platform One, Beppu ; Curated by Takashi Serizawa and Keith Whittle
The Pavilion of Realism 23 April - 1 June 2010 Other Gallery, M50 Unit, Shanghai & 798 Art Zone, Beijing
Curated by Raúl Zamudio, Maarten Bertheux and Zhu Qi

The Sneeze Art Flair 14 - 17 Dec 2009 Westbourne Studios, London, UK
National Open Art Competition 7 - 20 Nov 2009 The Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre, UK
Affordable Art Fair 22 - 25 Oct 2009 Battersea Park, London, UK
Collectible 7 - 20 Dec 2009 Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton, UK


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