"I always try to capture brief fleeting moments that in real life would disappear in a second."
Steeped in traditional techniques, Sahara Longe’s practice wields hallmarks of painting’s canon in service of identities historically excluded from it. Gently revisionist canvases reframe Old Masters' go-to tableaus — The Fall of Man or Three Graces — swapping black bodies into a markedly white visual history. Nude studies and oil portraits splice contemporary subjects into our most hallowed templates of image-making: beneath the playful veil of masterful technique, Longe's conceit is all the more sa3sfying for its simplicity. Brimming with ostensible dichotomies (past and present, West and Other, male genius and female muse) Longe's practice sheds light on a status-quo by manifesting its elegant inversion. Across delicate to-scale still-lifes as well as breathtaking canvases more than two metres high, Longe takes on established languages of power and makes work which ushers it into new arenas — value and virtue, subject to effortless translation.