Sarah Tompkins’ series of oil paintings developed as a means of confronting a prolonged period of severe illness and loss in her personal history. The work relates directly to these experiences and feelings of displacement. In addressing these issues she became interested in the history of sheet ghosts and death masks as a mimicry of life. The imagery associated with the living’s often lighthearted imitation of the dead penetrates the majority of her work. With a magnum opus to produce a series that captures the ripeness of a moment before decay, her body of work is quiet and contemplative, with undertones of the sweetly sinister.


Contemporary painter Sarah Tompkins was born in and is currently based out of Ottawa, Canada. She received her BFAH (2013) from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Queen’s University. She has since moved her focus to developing her most recent series of out of a live-in studio. Sarah has exhibited in several solo exhibitions, including her latest show, VEILED, at Gallery 1313 in Toronto, Canada. Her large woodcut “Wreathed Around You” is currently under the spotlight in Coleman Hell’s latest video, “Fireproof” from his triple-platinum “2 Heads” album. She has further been featured in a multitude of group exhibitions, most recently with the By Other Means collective in London, UK, CONTEMPORARY VENICE at Palazzo Ca’Zanardi in Italy, and SKETCH at SAW Gallery in Ottawa. She was awarded the cover and feature in The Artist Catalogue for Fall 2016 (Brooklyn, NY) and was interviewed for Art Reveal Magazine 2016 (Finland). Tompkins’ work is proudly held in private collections in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, New York, and London.