The Coffin canvas Company is a family run business.
We offer beautiful bespoke paintings in remembrance of your loved ones. The company was set up by Sarah Crane a highly experienced Artist who has worked professionally with paint for over 20 years.
Sarah Crane trained in Fine Art at Camberwell college of Arts, The London Institute. Then in Scenic Art at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
She has worked alongside some of the greatest Scenic Artists in the world. Although mainly painting theatre backdrops and scenery for London’s West End Theatres, she has painted for venues and Art Exhibitions in America and Europe. Sarah has painted murals for Turner prize winning artist Chris Ofili for some of his prestigious exhibitions. These include ‘Weaving Magic’ at the National Gallery in London, ‘Paradise Lost’ at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York, and most recently ‘Requiem’ at the Tate Britain in London. Requiem is a 420 square metre mural paying tribute to Khadija Saye and remembers the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire. The mural can be viewed in the Manton stairwell at the Tate and will be there for 10 years.
Photos: Sarah at work in Richard Nutbourne’s Scenic Studio.
Both Sarah’s grandparents loved her paintings so when they passed away she wanted to honour and pay them tribute by painting their coffins. The response from family and friends, onlookers, the Funeral Directors and Florists was amazing and drove her determination to offer other families the chance to pay tribute to their loved ones in the same way.
The painted coffins Sarah made for her Grandparents brought so much joy to their funerals as points of conversation, proud memories and shared experiences. Her Grandmothers coffin was a celebration of a long and wonderfully interesting life and gave her a send off as unique and special as she was at 102!
Sarah’s Grandfather’s coffin was based on his interests and passions and was smart and simple reflecting the gentleman he was. For both funerals the families experienced such a great connection to their loved ones, bridging the gap between the family and the box.
The coffins were so peacefully reflective of her loved ones, and represented such a celebration of their lives. Sarah became determined to offer her hand-painted coffins as an option for other families, giving them the chance to have a bespoke painting surrounding, reflecting, honouring and celebrating their loved one’s lifelong journey. …. The Coffin Canvas Company was formed.