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Sara Midda (born 1951)

Sara Midda (born 1951)

Sara Midda has gained an international reputation for her illustrated books and her product designs. While her work is often enchantingly diminutive in scale, it ranges in character from delicate, jewel-like watercolours to sharply humorous, even surreal, pen and ink drawings. Handwritten words combine actively with the images, as when they evoke the thoughts and emotions of ever characterful figures. If humans and animals are revealed at both their most vulnerable and their most endearing, the world that they inhabit is essentially edenic, a veritable garden of delights.

Sara Midda was born in Brighton, in Sussex, on 8 November 1951, and remembers ‘drawing since my earliest recollection and certainly since I was 2 years old’ (quoted in Suzanne Slesin, ‘Stylemakers: Sara Midda: Illustrator’, The New York Times, 9 April 1989).

Sara took a two-year foundation course at Eastbourne College of Art before moving to London to study Graphics at Goldsmiths’ College School of Art, where her tutor was Wendy Coates-Smith. She then confirmed the direction of her artistic development by taking a postgraduate course in Illustration at St Martin’s School of Art.

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