John Currin's shrill, elongated harpies are another background presence. Touched too, though in a different way from Freud, with Old Master allusions - notable in Sara le Roy's 'Sandra'.  -  Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times, 5 September 2009

Sara Le Roy is a Dutch artist based in London, her work focuses on storytelling, folklore and mortality.

If Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimms brothers had all met up and taken psychedelics and then had a really, really bad trip this might have been what it looked like. Sara Le Roy creates nightmarishly dark paintings inspired by fairy tales and drags them into the sordid and seedy modern day underworld. We are presented with down and out characters that ironically, had they been created in our modern day, would probably have met the end that Le Roy depicts.  - Suzie Silk

Le Roy questions the nature of storytelling and how we are shaped by both traditional folk lore and modern day cultural values, exploring the interconnections through her paintings.


2017 3D Tales, The Disenchanted Forest, Forman's Smokehouse gallery, Stour Road, London, E3 2NT, 23rd of February - 23rd of March 2017,
Private view 23rd of March 2017 6pm-9pm


2016 A Third Dimension, Gallery Different, London, UK 

2015 Artist drawing a line under torture supported by Christie's, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK

2015 There and Now, Leontia Gallery, London, UK

2015 The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, Piano Noble gallery Kings Place, London, UK

2015 Royal Academy Summer Show, shortlisted, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2014 Salon Hystérique: La petite mort et la grande hystérie, Blacks, London, UK. Curated by Gabriella Daris

2013 Art Gemini Prize, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK

2013 Wells Art Contemporary, Wells City Museum, Wells, UK

2013 Black Swan Arts Open, Frome, UK

2013 East West Art Award Competition, La Galleria, London, UK

2012 Léopold Rabus & guests, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels, Belgium. Curated by Léopold Rabus

2012 Cork Street Open Art Exhibition, Cork Street Gallery, London, UK

2012 Donkey Art Prize, States of Arts Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2012 Project 2012 End of the World Exhibition/Part III, Arbeit Gallery, London, UK

2011 Macmillan De'Longhi Art Auction, Bonhams Fine art Auctioneers, London, UK

2011 Modern Panic by Guerrilla Zoo, The Old Abattoir, London, UK. Curated by James Elphick

2011 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall galleries, London, UK

2009 Threadneedle Prize, Mall galleries, London, UK


2015 The Independent Art Fair, The Rag Factory, London, UK


2014 Hysteria, Issue 2, Roles & Rules. Published by Square Knot, London, UK.

2011 Macmillan De'Longhi Art Auction 2011, London, UK

2011 Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2011, Exhibition Catalogue, London, UK

2011 Aesthetica Magazine, Creative Works Competition annual 2011, London, UK

2009 The Threadneedle Prize 2009. Published by The Federation of British Artists, London, UK