Art & Artists at The Jasper: Sally Tharp

Sally Tharp
The Party’s Inside, 2021
24 x 48 in.
Oil on canvas
Sally Tharp
Delicate Balance, 2021
48 x 24 in.
Oil on canvas

About the artist:

The need to create has always been prevalent in Sally Tharp’s life. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a BFA in 1985, she worked in several creative capacities, though not necessarily in the traditional sense. In 2008, Tharp became a full-time artist. She currently prefers to work in oils and explores taking small, everyday objects and painting them on a large scale, focusing on color, form, and most importantly light.

“I am often drawn to the old, marred, scarred, imperfect and obsolete things in life, feeling the need to show a side of them that is – giving them a voice. I invite the viewer to experience the qualities in them that I find appealing and to seek the beauty in the sometimes overlooked and often discarded items of a past life. These objects often speak of a different time and a simpler life, one which is missed in the faster moving, disposable world of today.”

Recently, Tharp began to convey through her work the atmospheres of different places she has experienced and to explore the urban landscapes of the cities she visits including South Carolina, where you can find her work Toot Toot’s Macaroons at Wells Gallery in Freshfields Village, a few miles south of Kiawah River.

The painting, Toot Toot’s Macaroons, was purchased in honor of Joyce Darby (1935 – 2021), part-owner of The Beach Company and The Jasper, who had a sweet tooth and adored macaroons.

Tharp has participated in many juried and solo shows.

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