Sara Gallagher

Artist Statement

"Soft, ethereal, and at times surreal, my artworks depict the vulnerable emotional states revealed to me through intimate dialogues held between myself and the participating individual. Always keeping them engaged, the participant is involved from the conception of the visual representation, all the way to posing for the piece themselves, when possible. Through use of figurative realism, the image personifies emotions in a way that can be familiar to many, representing voices from all different ages, cultures, gender identities, and mental and physical abilities."


Sara Gallagher (b.1990, Vallejo, CA) is passionate about breaking the taboos that surround daily mental health in the United States. She harnesses her experience of working with homeless youth and people with disabilities to bring about an empathetic lens into the complex experience of what it is to be human.

Sara received her BFA with a dual emphasis in Painting & Drawing and Photography from SF State in 2013. From 2019-21 she studied under the renowned German hyperrealism artist, Dirk Dzimirsky.  She has been awarded recognition as a 2021 International Biennial Portrait Competition finalist, a 2021 and 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Prize finalist, and a Spotlight Artist at TEDxMarin 2020. Her work has been featured in national and regional art magazines and books, such as Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, American Art Collector, and the Artists of the Bay Area Book published by Jen Tough Gallery. Sara's work has been acquired by private and public collections and shown in galleries and museums across the United States. Sara is represented by 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, IL and lives and works out of her small studio in a redwood grove in the North Bay Mountains of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

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The Homes We Make

Graphite and PanPastel on Paper, 28" x 21"