Alayne Sahar

“Pre-Raphaelite Valentine”, Watercolor, 19.5 x 17.5, 2022

biography

Alayne Sahar is a Romantic Realist Watercolor painter whose aesthetic depicts the female figure in the natural world where the mood is romantic and the women are portrayed as ardent poetic beings who evoke the soulful side of femininity. She was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised in West LongBranch, a small northern Jersey coastal town.
She graduated with a Certificate in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1997 and continues her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She is influenced by the paintings ofViolet Oakley, John Waterhouse, Alphonse Mucha and the Pre-Raphaelites. She has been the Pennsylvania State Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America since 2021. Alayne is aSignature/Elected member of various state/regional watercolor organizations and art clubs and has won numerous awards for her paintings.
Her work has been shown at the Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club, The Wausau Museum ofContemporary Art, The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Fe Gallery and other galleries in the United States and abroad. She was a finalist in the International WatercolorMasters Exhibition at Lilleshall Hall, England in 2022. Her painting titled “Gratitude” was curated into the Premier International Biennial Portrait Competition in 2019 at WMOCA by Margaret Bowland and she has exhibited alongside painters such as Grant Gilsdorf, Patricia Schappler, Megan Elizabeth Read and Terry Strickland.
Her paintings hang in private collections and are part of The Lunar Codex, both the Nova and Polaris Collections. She has been published in American Art Collector Magazine and has curated and had shows published through Hashtag Art Magazine.
She currently lives and works in the Philadelphia, Pa. area.

artist’s statement

Alayne Sahar is a figurative watercolor painter whose aesthetic depicts the female figure in the natural world where the mood is romantic and the women are portrayed as ardent poetic beings who evoke the soulful side of femininity. Her work portrays the relationship between nature and something moremystical….

curriculum vitae

PERMANENT COLLECTION:
The Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Lunar Codex, Nova Collection
The Lunar Codex, Polaris Collection


2022
Painting the Figure Now, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art
Salon des Refuses, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art


2021
International Biennial Portrait Competition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art
Fourth Annual National Juried Exhibition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art
Pennsylvania Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America
Signature American Watermedia Exhibition, Fallbrook, Ca.
International Watercolor Masters Finalist for 2022 Exhibition, Lilleshall Hall, England
International Women’s Day Pop Up Show and Catalogue, Artsy.net through 33 Contemporary Gallery


2020
Allied Artists of America Exhibition, Salmagundi Club,
NYC Judge’s Choice Award, CNYWS Annual Exhibition
Signature American Watermedia Exhibition, Fallbrook, Ca.
2020 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors
First Place 2nd Annual All Women Art Exhibition, J Mane Gallery Aqueous, Las Laguna Gallery,
Laguna, Ca.
The Second Half, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna, Ca.
Shelter, Artsy.net through 33 Contemporary Gallery
Looking Up, Looking Forward, Artsy.net through 33 Contemporary Gallery


2019
Premier International Biennial Portrait Competition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art

Paying Tribute to the Muse, Vanessa Lacy Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
American Artists Professional League, Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC
Stunning, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna, Ca.

2018
Daydreaming, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, Fl.
Art Nouveau, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, Ca. Second Place, Art Nouveau, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.


publications


American Art Collector Magazine, Issue 194 – December 2021
100 Contemporary Realists, Hashtag Art Magazine – 2021
Illumination, Era Contemporary Gallery – 2021
Spring Valentine, Era Contemporary Gallery – 2021
Curves – curated by Alayne Sahar
International Biennial Portrait Competition 2021, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art
International Women’s Day – Hashtag Art Mag
Q & A Interview with Alayne Sahar – Hashtag Art Magazine – 2020
The New Pre-Raphaelites, Era Contemporary Gallery – 2020
American Art Collector Magazine: 33 Contemporary | Premier Contemporary Realism & FigurativeArt – June 2020
Directory of Figurative Artists on Instagram – May 2020
Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, PoetsArtists ‘Looking Up, Looking Forward’ @ 33 ContemporaryMay 2020
Goss 183, Issue 107/October 2019, Curator of “Curls
Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Issue Number 24 – 2019
WMOCA ,International Biennial Portrait Competition – 2019
INCITE 4: Relax, Restore, Renew, North Light Books – 2016

education


Maryland Institute College of Art, Certificate in Fine Arts – 1997