Sophie Derrick

Artist Statement

My work very much focuses on portraiture, but with the use of both painting and photography this genre is skewed and manipulated, and the transformative properties of paint are pushed to the limit. I photograph the act of painting onto my skin and then paint on top of the photographs, creating a layering of image of paint and painted image, blurring the boundaries between the two. My 'Self' is lost, buried beneath the paint and the notion of portraiture is questioned. The body becomes both object and subject within the work.

There is a constant shift between dualities within my work; painting and photography, absence and presence, and reality and fiction. The painting, photographic and layering techniques, and bold, vibrant colours used within the work become obstacles to reality, distorting and creating absurd and abstracted portraits.

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Read stuff about me in:

Wallpaper* blog


The Guardian



Florence & Millie

Chaos magazine



Exhibitions and Awards:

2013 - Residency at DegreeArt

2012 - Affordable Art Fair, Bristol,

2012 - Memoria-Technica, The Nunnery, London

2011 - Auerbach to the Future, Debut Solo Show, DegreeArt, 12a Vyner Street, London

2011 - Nailphilia,, London

2011- Commendation in Aesthtica Magazine's Creative Works competition, published in Aesthetica creative works album.

2010- Small Pleasures exhibition,, London

2010- Affordable Art Fair, Battersea London,

2010-, Signature Art Award Finalist, Mixed Media Category,  Vyner Street, London

2009- Overview; Contemporary Painting Exhibition. Elysium Gallery, Swansea.

2009- The Best of UK, SaLon Gallery, Notting Hill. Competition Finalist.

2008- Noise Festival Online Showcase, Liverpool.

2008- Scribe, Leeds.

2008- Wunderkammer, Leeds University Degree Show.

2008- Boundary Gallery Prize for Figurative Art, London.

2007- Home from Home, The Morlea Hotel, Leeds.