Miha Sarani dabbles, delves, and dives breathlessly between almost all mediums, from music to graphic novels to dripping abstract paintings. Many of his works are redolent of the figurative expertise of Old Masters, capturing chiaroscuro in a fresh light—yet he often veers into expressive territory, ranging from the comic to the empathetic, creating electric portraits of friends, acquaintances, and celebrities with equal ease.

Sketch for Crustacean Frustration. “This sketch was done in late 2019 as a preparatory idea for a painting. Intended to be included in my January 2020 solo exhibit at Shift. It was one of the very few times work came as a purely gut reaction. I most commonly work out ideas in my head before putting pencil to paper. This time was different. Perhaps it was grief over the passing of my grandfather who raised me. Or maybe it was the fact that I was in the process of naturalization and unable to leave the country to attend his funeral. Things took a turn for the worst when are basement flooded, where work preparation and staging took place. This piece, along with several others was destroyed.”
Grinning Slovene Machine. A self-portrait sketch done with fountain pen.
Oh my, Mr. Hockney you Saucy Minx. A sketch started as a quick observational study of Andy Warhol polaroids. Blue background was added on digital platform.
From the Sketch for Last Renaissance series. Figure drawing preliminary sketch for larger painting series. This drawing was done with fountain pen, coffee, red wine, watercolors and pastels.
Sketch for Viewing Shift gallery in ZOOM gallery. Since our gallery hasn’t been
able to meet in person these days, we have been having weekly ZOOM meetings. The idea for the subject based on the title was just too perfect to pass on.
Sketch Red Right Hand. A sketch idea of self portrait which would have been originally showing in Washington DC this upcoming June. The plans were scrapped but the sketch remained. Title is a reference to my favorite artist Nick Cave.

Sketch for a Portrait of Sicilian Girl. This quick ink pen drawing on crumpled paper was a sketch based on a picture of my daughter and myself. She was born in Sicily and I wanted to make a painting for her birthday. I added blue splotch to match the colors of her eyes, but ended like how it all came together—so I kept it.
Sketch for Entertainers. There was much experimentation and following my intuition when working on this sketch. I primarily used fountain pen, red and blue pens, red pencil, whiteout and eraser. Everything was drawn on Mylar which allowed a lot of movement and smudging.
Catharina Manchanda in conversation with Kerry James Marshall and Mickalene Thomas, Seattle Art Museum. As the title explains, this sketch was done in 2018 during the artist talk. I only had very limited number of supplies with me, and luckily a cup of coffee. A year later I ran into Catharina Manchanda with the intention of asking for her help on my Master’s thesis. I wanted to invite her to participate, and this drawing helped break the ice.
Sketch for Pionirčka. A preliminary sketch for a larger work on paper. Paper was stained with coffee, and sketch drawn with fountain pen, red pencil and whiteout.

By Amanda

Amanda Manitach is a Seattle-based artist who works primarily in the medium of drawing, merging text with pattern, working aspects of the visceral, dirty, humorous, and sublime into pieces made painstakingly over time. In addition to exhibiting locally and nationally, she worked as Visual Arts Editor at City Arts Magazine for six years, served as curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University (2013-15), and co-founded and co-directed multiple mixed-use arts spaces in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, including TMRW Party and The Factory. She is represented by Winston Wächter Seattle and New York.

She loves to peep on artists' sketchbooks.

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