Sara Hoque

British, 1991



Sara Hoque was born in North Yorkshire to a Norwegian mother and British/Bengali Father. As a child, she had a nomadic, multicultural upbringing which is reflected in her work and way of life today. Since graduating, the artist has been living in London and currently she resides on a 40ft narrow boat cruising the waterways.

Hoque studied Fine Art at Kingston University in London. During her studies, she was introduced to landscape paintings by old masters who explored the ’sublime’, a quality of greatness beyond comprehension, which gave context to her personal transcendental experiences in nature. During her childhood, Hoque was inspired by the rural areas of Wales and Norway, and nature became the main subject of her drawings. The artist has traveled to many unusual and beautiful places where she felt in awe of the vastness of the forests and seas. Her paintings form an escape that mimics the dreams and memories she has of these natural worlds.

Throughout her research into art history and its movements, the artist became fascinated by the surrealists and their linking of art to dreams and the subconscious. Today, her work has evolved to include themes of altered states of consciousness and transcendental experiences.

''I’ve always wanted to capture this feeling so I began to experiment with digital photography. Using images I’d taken of Norwegian woodlands; I began to manipulate the colours to convey this magic I felt. This natural beauty and the wonder I experienced whilst visiting these places as a child, has stayed with me and is now reflected in my paintings. I often find myself bored by the mundane and every day and my work is an effort to get back to the power and mystery of these places.''

Sara Hoque currently lives and works in London.