Sarah Angst grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2001 with a BFA in Art Education. Sarah moved to Bozeman, Montana in January 2007. Since moving to Montana she has she has focused on creating a wide variety of linoleum block prints, and the response to her work has been amazing.
With its graphic qualities and bright colors, Angst’s work appeals to a wide range of people. Most of her prints are small and quaint, displaying the effortless beauty in everyday subject matter. Many of Angst’s pieces reflect her love of nature, her passion for color, and her sense of humor.
“Printmaking forces me to simplify things; to find the essence of my subject and display it with line and color. With so many distractions in life it is soothing to find something simple and serene, that grabs your attention, quiets the commotion and reminds you to slow down and enjoy the beauty in life.
I like creating pieces that seem familiar to people; that help remind them of fond memories from their own lives. When I finish a piece and feel it has a timeless nostalgic quality, I hope I hit on something that will resonate with others.
I have always loved creating art ever since I was a little girl. Putting elements together until they look and feel just right is very rewarding. Having others respond so positively to what I’ve created is even better.”
From her original linocuts Angst has now created a wide array of handmade products featuring her images, including greeting cards and giclée reproductions.
*All Sarah Angst Art is Made in the USA - Created & Reproducted in Bozeman, Montana*
Sarah's original prints begin with a drawing, which she transfers onto a linoleum block in reverse. She carefully carves away all the negative space using knives and gouges, leaving only the raised image. She then makes an impression of the carving, by rolling a thin layer of black ink over the block. She carefully positions a sheet of strong printing paper on top of it, and uses the back of a wooden spoon, rubbing with hard, even pressure to transfer the ink onto the paper. When the ink has dried she brings the image to life by hand painting each impression with high quality watercolor inks.
Sarah's pieces use a combination of printmaking and watercolor painting techniques; created by hand from beginning to end. Each linoleum block print is a part of an edition, telling the viewer or collector that there are only a limited amount of impressions that are made just the same. The bottom number shows the total that will ever be made to look just like it, and the top number shows where that particular impression falls into the edition. Each linoleum block print is an original work of art. For an edition of 75, the block must be rolled with ink 75 times, with each piece of paper placed on it by hand. The ink is then transferred to the paper using the back of a wooden spoon, and then each impression is carefully hand painted 75 different times with brilliant colors. Finally, each impression is signed, numbered and stamped by the artist in the order it was created.