Artist Sarah Jane Szikora - All art work available, originals and signed limited edition prints. Painted in vibrant, sweet shop colours, Sarah-Jane's quirky and loveable gingerbread men offer us an amusing take on the human condition that challenge even the sternest individual not to break into a smile. Each painting is characterised by intricate detail and a humorous individuality that makes Sarah-Jane's work instantly recognisable.
This distinctive style is achieved almost exclusively in oils, which give an all-important richness to her palette.
Sarah-Jane comments: "Many things inspire me. Looking at great art generally fires me up for a new piece. Among my favourite artists are the awesome Stanley Spencer, L.S Lowry, Rene Magritte and I love the recent surrealist paintings of Michael Sowa.
Occasionally I get sparks from film or TV, and I like to keep my eye on fashion and interior design. These provide the latest 'looks', which I try and use to keep my paintings fresh.”
Sarah-Jane graduated from art collecge with distinction having specialised in illustration. There followed a small business venture making 3D sculptures and a first foray into the world of art publishing. In 1993 she decided to dedicate herself to her dream of working as an artist, and has done so ever since. The North East of England has always been Sarah Jane's home, and she now lives and works in Gateshead.
Galleries across the UK and more recently the USA, have mounted acclaimed exhibitions of the engaging gingerbread man and his friends.