March 31, 2011

Q&A With Artist Sally Benedict

One of my most favorite artists is visiting us today, Sally King Benedict.  Yippiiiieeeee!


I orginally discovered some of Sally's paintings while browsing Angie Hranowsky's blog, and I was instantly smitten.  She and I exchanged some emails, mainly me gushing over her and embarrassing myself.  And I've shared her work here on the blog a couple of times. 


Isn't she insanely talented?  I could cover every wall in my house with her work.


Then randomly we met while at a party here in Charleston.  And I gushed some more about her greatness. 

{Photo taken at Charleston Fashion Week}

Oh, I forgot to mention that she's GORGEOUS, sweet, and insanely stylish... more on that in a little bit.  But I thought it would be fun to do a little Q&A.  Sally happily obliged.


LLL: We're catching a jet to Barcelona.  What do you want to do first?
Sally: Throw our bags at the hotel and stroll through Barri Gotic....the most beautiful area in the city, stop in a sidewalk cafe for a long, late lunch, then off to the Museu Picasso.

LLL: What is your greatest extravagance?
Sally: a wash and blow-out

LLL: What type of art do you collect for your  home?  Your own?
Sally: We do have a large collection of my own art, but its constantly changing and being moved around. I love finding modern, colorful pieces from the 50's/60's. We have a white house with white walls for the most part...so all the color lies in the art. I would sell everything in our house for 1 Helen Frankenthaler. At the moment, we are hunting for a large-scale photograph…dying for a sam kweskin or neil krug.

{Sally's downtown Charleston home.  In her words, "It's like living on the beach downtown".}
{Top image is a piece by Sally titled "Hot Pink", bottow left by Helen Frankenthaler titled "Flirt", and bottom right by Sam Kweskin, {Jour de Plage".}

LLL: From where do you draw your inspiration for your pieces?
Sally: Currently, anything that involves soaking up the sun.

{Photography by Slim Aarons}

LLL: What is your most memorable life moment?
Sally: My wedding of course! It was the most beautiful, wonderful, happy, loving day. I am reminded every morning when I see my sweet husband.


LLL: You clearly have a flair for fashion?  Do you have a style muse?
Sally: I definitely have a few style icons! My grandmother is no.1-she is always dressed impeccably. Brigitte Bardot, India Hicks, Erin Wasson, and my one and only man, Yves Saint Laurent.

LLL: From which stores/designers does most of your wardrobe come from?
Sally: Opening Ceremony, Barneys, Ann Mashburn, Hampden, J.Crew, Pearl, Capitol, Thrift and Vintage.

{Jil Sander Spring via Fash Eccentric}

LLL: Have a bucket list? What's on it?
Sally: Spend time in the south of france, work on a dude ranch, go to africa, publish a book.

LLL: Who would you most like to have purchase your art for their home?
Sally: Simon de Pury.


Thanks so much to Sally for visiting today.  The pieces that I've shared here today don't even begin to scratch the surface of her work.  So go check out her website.  And for those of you in the Charleston area, Sally is having an art show on Thursday, May 19th at Stems (fabulous local floral shop) downtown.  I'll be there, would *love* to see some of you there. 

I'll leave you with one of my favorite pieces by Sally, titled "Face It".  Appropriately titled because it rocks my face off.


36 comments:

Alena said...

Her art is amazing. I'd already figured out where I would hang most of the pieces you featured :) Gorgeous and a lovely interview.

Christina - Summer Year Round said...

I love the blog world for things like this - I have been finding amazing artists lately on different blogs and have been able to purchase some amazing things for my new apartment. I'll have to definitely see if I can incorporate Sally's work into my new home!

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christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Oh my goodness, this is so fabulous. I adore her artwork- that yellow and pink was is insane. Loved the interview...totally perfect start to my day- high fives.

Natalie said...

Isn't Sally the best! Gorgeous, talented and super nice - thw whole package. Just hung out with her yesterday at a Birthday party. I loveed this interview, thanks for sharing. Heres to hoping one day we will each have a piece of her art in our house. I will def be at her show! BTW how was Prince? I need details.

Pawleys Island Posh said...

wow, her art is amazing! I especially love the first two. I'm a pink & green girl at heart, but like that it's modern and not so preppy.

things that sparkle said...

Love this interview and her artwork. Thank you so much for the introduction, her work is incredible.

Heather said...

She's so very cool! Thanks for sharing her with us! I have seen her work here in the blogworld and love it!

Simply LKJ said...

Love learning about new artists and seeing their work. Great interview.

Kim @ keller-creative said...

Thanks for sharing! I'll have to stop by her show and see all her work in person. I love the bright colors and bet they are even better in the flesh.

Sara said...

Her paintings are beautiful. Enjoyed the interview.

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Gorgeous work and fab interview!! Love that last work "Face It"! Awesome title!

Morgan said...

LOVING her work! Especially the first two!

Bud and Leo said...

How beautiful! I love love love the colors she uses! Stunning.

abode love said...

I love, love the color used. I also really enjoy the line quality in the gesture figure drawing... I LOVE this artist! Thanks for sharing... (she also has pretty FABULOUS style!)

abodelove.blogspot.com

Natalie Suarez said...

amazing art! i love this! :)

natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Love her art and this interview! Thanks for sharing with us. xo

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Loved this, Chassity. Um, first off, I'm enamored with her booties. Want!

Her art is vibrant and fun as well. Gah, I just want more and more art!

Sara Mueller said...

Amazing artwork! And you both look stunning!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Talented, gorgeous, and stylish??? I can see where your girl crush comes from (c: The use of color is so awesome and I love the fun element that they would lend to a room...she really is amazing!

Lily said...

Lovely artwork. Love the colors in the top piece. You both look so cute in that picture!

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Kayla said...

i 'pinned' one of these paintings...i'm new to pinterest and i hope i did it right [gave the correct credit]. let me know if i should change anything.

http://pinterest.com/jancers/pins/

thanks for introducing me to sally and her art-- LOVE!

bluehydrangea said...

Love, love, lover Sally's art!! I held an art camp last summer and I had all the children help paint a piece of art for me to keep based on one of her paintings. It is my favorite piece of art. Loved this interview!!

Michaela said...

Her art is beautiful! And so is she. Gorgeous! Loved the interview, Chassity!

travelkate said...

What a great interview! I love her work-she is such a talented artist!

cailen ascher said...

her pieces are awesome. i studied art history in college, so this post really spoke to me : )

great blog - i'm your newest follower!
cheers,
cailen

www.cailenascher.blogspot.com

Ayleen Wolfe said...

I have loved, loved, loved her work for a while now. She is simply amazing, and seems pretty nice as well. :) This was a great post.

Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty said...

Beautiful work!

SHERRY HART said...

OK...whoa...her work is brilliant...I love it so much I am sick that I don't have one.

B. Inspired. said...

I have a new obsession now... I have seen some of her paintings and LOVE her colorful style.

marysia reeves said...

hehe..rock your face off...you silly funny girl! SO glad I'm back to following my fav blogs today and I didn't miss this cute Q&A with Sally! She is amazing woman and I'm so happy to call her my friend too:)! WIsh I was there May19th:(
xoxoxo to both of you blondies:)

Caitlin said...

ahhh i love her work! charleston has so many talented beauties! lovely interview :)

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

Loving these abstract paintings!! So bright and cheery!!
This is what they call the "pretty" abstract ;)

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

In love with Sally's 'Hot Pink' painting! Would certainly liven up a room ;)

xx Cristina

daninotes said...

Love! I'll have to stop by and see her work on May 19th.

traci zeller designs said...

Love her. Love you. Love the interview. Perfection!

Erica Jackson Curran said...

LOVE her! She's one of my favorites as well!