Sally K attended college in Beirut, where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts with distinction from the Lebanese American University of Beirut. In 2013, she moved back to the United States and settled in California.
The focus of Sally K’s portraits is contemporary women. Her style merges characteristics of abstract expressionism with realism and portrait painting to convey not just the beauty of women, but their confidence and strength. They are women that are alluring, flirtatious, and demure, with a femininity that Sally imbues with what she describes as the “sensuality, independence, and confidence you see in strong women.”
Sally K’s portraits of women are intensely personal. “The women I paint are an extension of me, of what I feel, how I process my surroundings, my thoughts, my angers, my pleasures. They’re the confident strong women that I strive to be. Sometimes tough and daring, sometimes shy and reserved, but always self-assured and determined; they represent what captivates me in other woman; the qualities I admire, and strengths that I strive to gain.”
Sally K draws inspiration from photography, pop culture and fashion as well as artists ranging from Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock to Gustav Klimt. Her highly regarded paintings have been collected by notable celebrities such as Jesse McCartney and Kelly Clarkson. Her paintings have also been featured in group and solo shows in Beirut, Dubai, Italy, and the USA.
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