Sarah Petite

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artist’s statement

To approach my geometric abstract paintings I use a favourite leitmotif, the traditional “parlour” or board game (chess, checkers, backgammon, pachisi, the whole array, ancient and almost modern), with thoughts on game theory hovering in the background and injecting a strategic structure to the project. Constructing a painting, and especially an abstract, can be like playing chess against oneself. Some paintings mimic game boards closely, while others, after an initial inspiration, find an orbit of their own.


Sarah Petite studied at NSCAD University, and at the Sainsbury Centre, the University of East Anglia, in England.  She has been painting professionally for thirty years, and for the past twenty-five has made encaustic her dedicated study. She has shown widely in the Maritimes and points west; with works in both the Nova Scotia and the New Brunswick art banks, the University of New Brunswick, and other collections. Petite works out of two encaustic-equipped studios, in Fredericton, New Brunswick for the winter months, and  in Port Maitland on the Nova Scotia Fundy shore in summer.  Sarah Petite is represented by Secord Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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