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 A B O U T M E ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  ﷯I have been working as an artist for over 12 years in London, having studied drawing at the Prince’s Drawing school and portraiture at the Heatherley School of Art in my mid 20s. My main focus has been my flower paintings, sold through commissions as well as various art galleries and fairs in London. I am also a trained Interior Designer. Recent work has included planning and re-configuring the interiors for an architect built house in Battersea, making up sample boards and drawings on behalf of practices and brands. I started on my journey as an artist when disillusioned by the world of business, which I had studied at university- along with Italian and Japanese, I began to paint whenever I could fit it in. I had large wooden boards cut for me and pinned linen on top onto which I began to paint landcapes and then flowers. Initial work involved commissions for friends and family. One day I spotted artists selling their work along the Bayswater Road, hung on the railings, and thought it would be a good way to assess what the public thought of my work. The first painting I sold was an unforgettable, thrilling moment. It was a triptych of calla lillies. Slowly I began to attract regular customers and I had to work hard to keep the stock up. Looking back now it was a huge learning experience as it allowed me to practice how to create a finished piece of art for selling. I soon packed up my stall and began to take it more seriously, starting with being represented by a gallery at the Affordable Art Fair. I work now mainly on a commission basis and sell directly to the client. I have painted many subjects over the years but often I find myself lured back by a beautiful flower that I feel I need and have to paint. It is their energy, intensity of colour and ability to hold the observer in the present moment that I find so alluring. Much of life now is fast paced, rushing from one thing to another. It is rare that we make time for stillness and presence. To paint is a privilege as I am able to take my time to closely observe a subject and condense what I see into a single piece. I find painting a very meditative practice. My paintings are often large in scale in order to enhance the many intricate colours, details and shapes I see, to record them and share them with the observer so that they can be appreciated and shared well beyond their fleeting lifespans. In nature there are so many exciting colours that can be captured on the canvas, a vibrant rich red of a tulip to the soft pastel pinks of a peony. Single background colours help to give an intensity and vitality to the flowers I paint and bring focus to the subject, offering a spotlight into the natural world. I am consistently fascinated by the relationship between colours, how they advance and recede, how one tone can intensify another. My work has evolved naturally throughout my career as an artist, mainly as a result of commissions, which have taken me in different directions, but also as my eye for colour and tone has matured. I have recently introduced more depth into my work although these changes never seem to be conscious. Over the last few months I have ventured further into portraiture, Having made it onto the reserved list for Sky Portrait Artist of the Year with a self portrait in oils, It gave me the boost I needed to explore this love of mine further. I often attend Life Drawing classes to keep my hand in and recent evening classes at the National Gallery have led me to studying some of the masters of portraiture. Currently at Cass Art, Kensington and Islington, I hold a series of one off workshops, 'Portraiture and Interpreting the Self' where I teach a group how to draw the proportions, angles and features of the face, looking at emotions and gestures with references to some of my own work alongside some portrait greats, whom I admire, such as Lucien Freud and Egon Schiele. For further details and to book a ticket, head over to 'workshops' to see dates and times for upcoming classes. _____________________________________ B I O W O R K A N D E X H I B I T I O N S Bayswater Road Artist’s Exhibition 2004-2006 Group exhibition, no.7 Gallery, Holland Park, London- 2006 Solo exhibition, GC Fine Art, Brook Green, London ‘Flowers in focus’- 2008 Group exhibition, The Lansdowne Club, London, 2006-2012 Group exhibition, Arthouse 5 Gallery, East Finchley, London 2009 Affordable Art Fair, Spring 2007, 2010, 2011 Represented by Art* Gallery, 2011 Consider the Lilies, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London, October 2012 A Decade of Expression, The Mount House Gallery, Marlborough, September 2013 Past, Present, Future, 20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill, London, November 2015 Secret Postcard Sale, Messum's, Wiltshire, February 2018 Holland Park Art Exhibition, The Orangery, Holland Park, London W8, April 2018 Sky Portrait Artist 2019. On the reserved list, April 2018 Ramsay, Ebury Street, selection of works 'A Sense of Place', Mall Galleries 6th to 11th November, 2018 Commissioned by Trengwainton Gardens, National Trust, 2012 Commissioned by Cabbages and Roses, 2013, 2014 2019 Collier Webb, Pimlico Road, 'Bloomsbury in Bloom', May 2019 Offered a scholarship for the Royal Drawing School Intensive Term, May 2019 Monthly workshops at Cass Art, High Street Kensington incl., 'The Beauty of Nature', 'Drawing the Hand'. (follow ‘Sophie Newnham’ on Eventbrite' or head to 'Workshops' at www.sophienewnham.com to buy tickets to upcoming events Weekly 'Art with Little Pics' after school club at Southfields Primary School, Chiswick. Summer Term, 8 week course, 'Painting the Still Life', Mini Picassos, Kensal Green 'Plantae', The Mall Galleries, Society of Botanical Artists, June 2019 Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend: 'Botanical Watercolours with Sophie' in Holland Park, June 2019 C U R R E N T | U P C O M I N G W O R K A N D E X H I B I T I O N S Awarded a Fellowship by the 'Society of Botanical Artists' September 2019 Autumn Term, 10 week Tuesday evening course, 'Drawing and Painting the Still Life', Mini Picassos, Kensal Green Spring Term, 10 week Tuesday evening course, 'Drawing and Painting the Still Life', Mini Picassos, Kensal Green Current Workshops (Sat and Sun) 'Portraiture and Interpreting the Self' (workshops) Artists at Home, June 2020 Commissioned work includes private collections in U.K, France, Holland, U.S. and Middle East.
Irises | Holland Park | London
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