Sarah Neuburger (she, her) is an Atlanta-based artist, illustrator and muralist. Bold lines and flat color fields are combined to create friendly, playful and fiercely optimistic work. She lives in unincorporated DeKalb County with her wife, two dogs and one cat and has been a self-employed freelance artist for 20 years.
Sarah in front of her completed mural depicting an illustrated map of Atlanta.
Artist statement: If I had one wish, it would be for everyone to feel seen and understood. There is an intense magic power that swells within us when we create a genuine connection with someone else. My drawings and murals are like the compliment you didn’t see coming but which left you smiling for the rest of the day.
The colors I use are bright, bold and fun. Simplified shapes and iconography ensure the images are easily understood. Conscious decisions about how to maximize the number of people who can relate to the imagery are carefully considered. My work is a playful pause. Images are often collaged together so, as you look at my work, visual connections are asked to be made.
As you move past my work, the smile remains.
Selected Client List:
The Carter Center
Each year, she also works with countless individual clients on logos and identity branding for their own businesses and knows the beauty in taking big, bold steps forward.
Certifications: Sarah has successfully completed IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) training to become a certified operator of mobile aerial work platforms to ensure the highest degree of safety when operating scissor and boom lifts for larger mural projects.
Sarah in front of a mural completed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo taken by Brock Scott.
She has been featured in The Guardian and the following magazines: Atlanta Magazine, Good Company, Country Living, House Beautiful, Family Fun, Frankie Magazine, ReadyMade, Homespun, flow, Wondertime, Home Companion, Juxtapoz, Lucky, Brides, BUST, Stitch, Venus Zine, Bitch, 101 Woonideeen, Petit Magazine, Adorn, VogueGirl Korea, dpi and Crochet Today.
Additional book publications include: In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney, Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl, Juxtapoz Handmade by Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine (edited by Diana Weber), Indie Craft by Jo Waterhouse, Handmade Hellos by Sabrina Moyle and Eunice Moyle, Pretty Patterns by and The Art of I Love You by Chronicle Books, Mascotte 2 by Delicatessen, The Crafter’s Companion by Anna Torborg, Picture Perfect Knits by Laura Birek, 1-2-3 Sew by Ellen Baker, Tease: 50 Inspired T-shirt Transformations by Sarah Sockit and The PIllow Book by Shannon Okey. She has also been featured on HGTV and the DIY network.
Sarah's current studio space in her home filled with amazing light and happy plants.
Beginning in 2009, Sarah worked with Chronicle Books on a collection of gift and paper products. The collection contains products from labels and stickers to notecards and activity sets. Her thumbprint activity sets are super fun and popular across all age groups. If you are interested in carrying any of these products in your own store, please contact Chronicle Books directly.
The longer backstory: Before all the stuff above happened, Sarah was a wee little tiny born in the Midwest and raised in the South. She spent most of her childhood creating elaborate neighborhood monorail bicycle map systems on her garage chalkboard and singing “It’s a Small World” until her mother could take no more. She received her BA in Fine Arts at Columbia College before heading up the coast to New York City for graduate school. After spending some time hopping from Brooklyn to Manhattan to Jersey City, she completed her MFA degree in Studio Art from the School of Visual Arts and left the world of non-profit arts management to return to the land of boiled peanuts and iced tea (half and half, please).
Upon moving back to South Carolina, she started her former online business, The Small Object, and left the drudgery of trying to get galleries to show her work in NYC. After meeting her wife, they lived for several years in Savannah, GA before moving to Atlanta in 2010. Currently, her work is more illustration based than fine arts focused. She is constantly swimming back and forth and laying claim in-between worlds without binary constructs and strict borders.