Timothy Taylor has announced the representation of British-Sierra Leonean artist Sahara Longe (b. 1994, London, UK). Combining atmospheric naturalism with velvety panes of abstract colour, Longe’s lifelike portraits combine the gravitas of an Old Master with a deep sense of psychological disquiet. The gallery will present a solo booth of Longe’s painting at Frieze London 2022 this October.
Using a rich visual lexicon ranging from the paintings of Anthony van Dyck to Agatha Christie’s mysteries, Longe’s black subjects embody subtle emotional angst while provoking powerful questions about the absence of non-white figures from Western canons of portraiture.
‘Sahara Longe conjures up lost languages of painting with an emotional intensity that feels particular to our time. Her remarkable ability to step out of one history and into another is the hallmark of a great artist who is only just beginning. We are delighted to support her burgeoning career.’ – Timothy Taylor