Professor of Painting and Part-time professor, Department of Visual Arts

2001: M.F.A Visual Arts, York University, Toronto
1997: B.F.A Studio Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1994: Fine Arts Foundation Diploma, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK

Room: 100 Laurier Ave. E., Room 106
Office: 613-562-5868
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As a way of negotiating the place/space/time dynamic that surfaces in the work, Sarah Rooney has appropriated the technique of ‘underpainting’ as a style. In traditional terms, underpainting refers to the initial planning of an image, which is then used as a stepping-stone to provide a clear vision for the overall sense of the painting to come. For her purposes, however, ‘underpainting’ not only acts as a metaphoric tool to unearth things, but it also allows me to think through ways of connecting entities that are foreign to each other. The final image does not solidify into an absolute focus, but rather persists as layers in flux, engaging in dialogue with each other.

Sarah Rooney studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London England before obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal (1997) and a Master of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto (2001). She has lectured in Visual Arts at York University, University of Toronto and is now lecturing at University of Ottawa and in the Department of Languages and Intercultural Communication at McGill University. Rooney's paintings and video, have been exhibited in Canada and the US and her paintings are held in private collections there as well as, Germany and England. Born in South Africa, she spent her formative years in Brazil. Sarah Rooney is studio based in Montréal.

Courses Taught

  • Course: ART1311 The Painting Field 
  • Course: ART 2014 Painting and Image I 
  • Course: ART2914 Painting and Image II - Motif and Metaphor
  • Course: ART 4989 Supervised Studio II

Recent Acquisitions

  • 2011: Canada Council Art Bank: painting, Pierrot, 200

Recent Solo Exhibitions

  • 2010: Héliport, Galerie Les Territoires, Montreal
  • 2007: With-Drawing, LandmoreKeith Contemporary Art, Toronto 
  • 2007: Comme le soleil factice, Usine C, Montréal
  • 2006: Beach Flames & Fine Lines, Niagara Gallery, Toronto
S Rooney Le fleuve
Le fleuve, 2010 • acrylic and oil on canvas • 20” x 16”
S Rooney Helicopters
Helicopters, 2009 • acrylic on canvas • 48” x 48”
S Rooney Pierrot
Pierrot, 2009 • acrylic on canvas • 48” x 48”
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