I read an article in the Sunday Times about military parades held in Pyongyang, North Korea.  These propaganda events become a beauty pageant – the best looking young women are pushed to the forefront to convince westerners that the entire female polulation of North Korea is easy on the eye.

I decided to capture this in a painting, taking care of the position of the woman soldier, I wanted the face to be the focus point, reflecting her beauty, then, as your eye moves around the painting you catch a glimpse of her military insignia on the hat and shoulders.

As with most of my paintings here’s a step by step to the final piece.


Not quite finished – stay tuned



Artists Statement A conceptual artist whose work and research centres round the subject of glamour, 1920-60's actresses and memory. Member of the printmakers workshop for the past 10 years and works predominantly with woodcuts but has recently discovered the joy of Toyobo relief printing so be prepared for more of them. My work involved photographing, sketching, printing and reworking images . I like things that look like mistakes, loving the medium and the rawness of the printed image. My influences are fairly diverse but when in doubt I cant go wrong with Bruce Nauman, Picasso, Matthew Barney, Helen Chadwick and anything to do with the Flux Movement. Happy to take on your commissions - just email me at View all posts by SARAH WILSON

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