Sanah Brown-Bowers is a native of Queens, New York. She has been residing in Fort Worth, Texas for the past 20 years. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and recently graduated from the University of North Texas with her Bachelor of Fine Art in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. In September 2022, she will begin her Master in Fine Art at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
A principle theme in Sanah’s work has been using herself and her family as the focal point behind the stories. Her artwork is about exploring textures on canvas in the form of wooden shadow boxes and what she likes to call family altars that include 3 dimensional elements, lighting and realistic portraiture with a whimsical pop art edge.
Sanah uses her artwork as a form of art therapy for the viewer in terms of the deep and intimate content that is discussed in the form of text and images. She sees her artwork as a portal and hopes that her work can help bring healing and happiness to the viewer.
I guess you can say I have always been an artist, but that aspect of who I am wasn’t cultivated until later on in life. Colors, patterns and fabric designs would take me into unchartered territories and often times, became the foundation and backdrop to a portrait idea I still carry with me to this day. I’ve always been interested in portrait photography and hyper realistic art, so merging these two concepts with my artwork was inevitable.
My paintings are a combination of mixed media incorporating acrylic & oil paints as well as paper collage, assemblage art, LED lighting and oversized shadow boxes. Text is often used in the form of poetry and quotes created to tell the overall story of the piece. When people reflect on my work, I want them to understand the written component without having to wonder what I am thinking. A unique aspect of my work would be the use of myself and my family as the focus of the piece. It can be very humbling and transparent to bear it all in words and personal intimate experiences. I believe painting of “Self “is very healing in a way.
My aesthetic is about merging my whimsical and realistic style to tell my story and the stories of others. The ability to do this has been extremely therapeutic to me and those who I have the privilege of painting. I am drawn to tell the story of people’s personal struggles, successes, and finding ways to address the social issues many face on a daily basis. I am most impacted by young people, because they have, at times, been overlooked by society and have fallen victim to the unrealistic expectations fueled by social media, parents, teachers and peers regarding their bodies, self-image, identity and purpose.
I believe our society has become so desensitized to the fact there are young people all around us hurting and looking for an answers. My life goal is to use my artwork to help extinguish these lies and misconceptions and ignite a sense of self-worth and purpose, no one can ever take away. I want to find ways to reach out to the youth and begin to have the important conversations, conversations to help guide them into their futures.
My hope is my art work will be a portal to help our youth to help build self-esteem and pride in who they are, their heritage and ancestral legacy. When they walk into a gallery, I want them to see people who look like them, everyday people. My hope is to provoke our youth to be more engaged and interested in artwork, to start to have the conversations which also bring healing. I believe this can happen when they see people on the walls who look like them and who have a story very similar to their own.
The hope and intended purpose of my work is to bring healing to those who are hurting, to effect social change in our communities and to bring awareness to our society that there is a generation of youth being underrepresented and their voices need to be heard as well.
This is for the flower the gardener overlooked!
2022 - Maryland Institute College of Art - MFA
2018 - 2022 BFA Drawing & Painting/Sculpture University of North Texas
2018 - Present BFA Tarrant County Community College. Fort Worth, TX
1998 Fashion Institute of Technology. NY, NY
2020 “Unbreakable” HMAAC-Bert Long Jr. Gallery. Houston, TX
2016 JL Turner Legal Association. Dallas, TX
2015 “I Am Me”. Dallas, TX
2014 “Lockarts” Mesquite Arts Center. Mesquite, TX
2014 “Transparency” WOCA Art Gallery. Fort Worth, TX
2012 Bridal Shows Inc. Dallas, TX
2022-TCC Black is Black Art Show
2022 - Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum. Fort Worth,TX
2022- McKinney Black History Art Competition
2021 “Senior Show” Paul Voertman Gallery. University of North Texas- Denton, TX
2021 “Holding Space” 500X Gallery- Dallas, TX
2020 “Black History Month” Irving Black Arts Council. Irving, TX
2019 “Black Migrations” Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum. Fort Worth, TX
2019 “Converging Transparencies” Capital One. Plano, TX
2019 “Juneteenth Art Competition” Tarrant County Community College. Fort Worth, TX
2018 "Melanin Poppin" Jeanette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, TX
2017 “Vignette Art Fair” The Women’s Museum. Dallas, TX
2017 “TRAHC Regional Art Competition” Texarkana, TX
2017 “BLKART214” South Dallas Cultural Center. Dallas, TX
2014 Faith Bible Church. Dallas, TX
2012 “Discard & Reclaim” Faith Bible Church. Desoto, TX
2012 Texas Visual Arts Association. Medical City- Dallas, TX
2011 Lovers Lane Church. Dallas, TX
2011 “Citation Show” Plano Family Art Center. Plano, TX
2022 HMAAC - Raising Kings Mural
2021 Deep Ellum Foundation - Blues Alley. Dallas, TX ( Ray Charles)
2021 City of Irving, Georgia Farrow Recreation Center. Irving, TX
2020 Art of Digital Influence. Dallas, TX
2018 Dallas Multi-Purpose Center. Dallas, TX
2018 Skyline Branch Library. Dallas, TX
2018 “Get Fried”. Dallas, TX
2017 Chills 360. Fort Worth, TX
2017 Matador Insurance Co. Fort Worth, TX
2017 Desoto High School. Desoto, TX
2017 City Surf. Fort Worth, TX
2017 W.W. Bushman Elementary. Dallas, TX
2017 “You Are Royalty” 42 Murals. Dallas, TX
2016 JL Turner Legal Association. Dallas, TX
2015 “Mega Zee” 42 Murals. Dallas, TX
2014 Limitless Fitness Studio. Keller, TX
Lectures, Presentations, Workshops
2022- TCC Artist talk
2019 “Art Camp” Big Thought. Dallas, TX
2018 “Art Camp” Big Thought. Dallas, TX
2014 “Faith & Art Panel with Sedrick Huckaby WOCA Art Gallery. Fort Worth, TX
2015 “Kidpreneur Expo” St. Phillips Academy. Dallas, TX
2014 “Uplift” Concord Church. Dallas, TX
2014 “Live Painting” The Church at Rush Creek. Arlington, TX
2017 “Articulation” Mr.Copper Residency. Irving, TX
2022 Best of Show -Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum. Fort Worth,TX
2022- 1st place - McKinney Black History Art Competition
2019 Best Of Show “Black Migrations” Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum. Fort Worth, TX
2019 1st place/Scholarship “Juneteenth Art Competition” TCC College. Fort Worth, TX
2017 2nd Place, TRAHC Regional Arts Competition. Texarkana, TX
2017 2nd Place, BLKART214 South Dallas Cultural Center. Dallas, TX
2012 2nd Place, Discard and Reclaim, Faith Bible Church. Desoto, TX
2011 Merchandise Award Plano Center. Plano, TX
2018 “W.W. Bushman Elementary” Indiewalls, Interiors & Sources. Dallas, TX
2017 “I Am Royalty” Mural Featured in The Guide, Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX
2017 “TRAHC Art Show” Texarkana Gazette. Texarkana, TX
2016 “42Murals Project” The Dallas Morning News Dallas, TX
2015 “Gods Gifted Hands” Southern Dallas Business and Living Magazine. Dallas, TX
2015 “Artist Highlight” Fort Worth Magazine. Fort Worth, TX
2013 “Life & Faith on Canvas” In the Light on Location. Fort Worth, TX