Oil paintings capture the intricate shadows created by folding fans

“An echo of light and lace”

Folding fans have a long and fascinating history as tools and as works of art. Australian artist Sarah Park explores their function and beauty in her continuing series of oil paintings. Each canvas features a realistic human figure holding an open fan, creating an intricate pattern in the shadows covering their skin.

Park studied Fine Art at UNSW COFA in Sydney, where she completed an MFA and an MFA in Research. While there, she won prizes in painting, drawing and photography. Her fascination with the relationship between light and shadow inspired her to create a series of paintings in which anonymous figures pose with portable fans.

These very realistic works focus on the subject’s hands, which open a folding fan to block the light. “I aim to spark curiosity behind my subjects, through the use of carefully composed scenes that capture the complex interplay of light and shadow,” Park told My Modern Met. His simple compositions highlight the magical effects of dappled light on space and the human figure. “I want to encourage viewers to see the beauty, to delight in details that might otherwise go unnoticed, and to cherish and appreciate the quiet moments.”

You can shop for original artwork and prints through Bluethumb, and keep up to date with Park’s latest projects by following her on Instagram.

Australian artist Sarah Park creates exquisite oil paintings of people holding delicate folding fans.

Fan Paintings by Sarah Park

“Clothed in the beauty of dancing shadows and dappled light”

His canvases capture the intricate shadows created by the details of the fan.

Fan Paintings by Sarah Park

“A Spotted Lace Flower”

Fan Paintings by Sarah Park

“Bright Patterns”

Fan Paintings by Sarah Park

“Illuminating Flowers”

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