Sabine Kay is a self-taught abstract artist and a mother of three.
"I love to create art, and with my contemporary abstract oil paintings, I hope to reach the hearts of the spectators and make them happy.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, I’m now living in Luxembourg for about twenty years. I always loved paintings as well as to paint. I’m mostly a self-taught artist. But it was not until some life-changing events in 2017 and 2018, that I decided to take my art more professional and make a career out of it. Now, I‘m in a new phase of my life: an art-life.
In the beginning, I worked realistically, but over the years I learned that in abstract art I can better express myself and today more or less all my works are abstract paintings. These abstract landscapes reflect my love for colour and nature. And that’s also where I get my inspiration from. While painting I’m building the oil colours in several layers with a colour palette ranging from soft and serene to vibrant and invigorating. I love to experiment with colours so that my artwork becomes extraordinary. Colours are important for me because they can show the full range of human emotions and experiences.
My expressive technique is based on my wish to achieve balance and to reach beauty in the contrasting forces that exist everywhere. The creative process during painting is an interplay between accuracy and intuitive impulses, like my thin splashes of paint with the spatula, which give every work its characteristic touch.
All my paintings are my inspiration translated to the canvas to create a communication with the viewer. My aim is coming to a stage where I inspire the people looking at my pictures to consider more carefully the world around them and to discover the beauty in nature and everywhere around us.
With my oil paintings, I hope to reach the hearts of the spectators.
While painting I try to bring my various inspirations from nature, photos or other arts to the canvas. Initially, I’m blending the different colours and only in the later steps I like to put strong colour accents, lines and sometimes large amounts of paint.
Due to this way of working, my paintings change a lot from the first to the last step and often the most important things are the subtleties at the end.
I started with painting realistic landscapes, still lives or persons, but I have learned that in abstract works I can better express myself. Still the viewer sometimes easily recognizes landscapes in my work other times it may be harder for him to recognize something and he needs more imagination.
Painting means to me to create something by myself that reflects my impression of nature and its many and always changing colours. The process is as important as the subject to me. I want to bring joy to other people just by looking at my works and losing themselves in the colour. The dialogue between the different colours could inspire the viewers to reflect and to bring something of themselves – their imagination- to make the painting complete.
Our everyday life is so busy and most people don’t take their time to look at nature or just around them. Therefore, I think art is an effective medium to remember the important things in life. I invite the viewer to a visual journey, which allows her/him to slow down and find time to understand emotions and forget our busy world for a moment.
I think everything is possible in art, and that is why abstract painting, in particular, provides space for the viewer and the painter to bring their imagination and thoughts into it.
My aim is coming to a stage where I inspire the people looking at my pictures to consider more carefully the world around them and to discover the beauty in nature and everywhere around us.
My personal background only really began after my motherhood.
I have always loved to draw and to paint but for many years this passion was only in the background. It was one day I met a lady in Luxembourg telling me she is a painter and gives as well courses for adults. I was so excited and thought me too can follow my passion one day. But at that time, I was pregnant with my first child and had to wait. Sometime later I started to take courses at her atelier with bigger interruptions when I was pregnant again with my twins.
Although I’m mostly a self-taught artist, I loved these courses I took at the Luxemburgish artist. So, after I’ve had rediscovered my love and passion to paint. But it was not until I was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and my beloved father fell seriously ill the following year and died another year later, that I decided to take my art more professional and make a career out of it. Now, I am in a new phase of my life: an art-life.
I am still struggling with the difficulties to be seen as a professional artist and the fact that many people just say “what a nice hobby she has”. But I love to be an artist and the best thing is to get the reaction of people telling me that they love my art and some want to have a painting from me in their home."