Glasgow born, Edinburgh based artist, Sarah Muirhead's work focuses on the physicality and spirit of the body and its potential for pleasure, pain and expression. The quality of flesh, its contrasting textures and translucence, the density and potential of muscle and the irregularity and dimples in fatty tissue are important in the way she describes any given subject. The bodies are a strange mixture of lurid, glistening attraction and true empathic realism. They reflect private selves and acknowledge the role of the voyeur in observing and recreating them. Her work articulates the anatomy of the body while creating layered imagery and provoking questions about identity and gender. Muirhead was nominated as one of '10 New Sensations' by a panel including Kirsty Wark and Tracy Emin for a show which would be followed by Solo exhibitions in Lazarides, Edinburgh's Axolotl Gallery and most recently the Leyden Gallery in London which was named as one of Whitechapel Gallery's top 5 exhibitions during Frieze week. Muirhead's subjects include performers, singers, dancers, artists, models, homeless people and friends. She has exhibited work and is part of collections in the USA, Europe and throughout the UK including a recent commission for Oxford University and worked in medical illustration and portraiture as well as her main practice in innovative figurative art.