Lot 57 - Sophie Wake - Miniature Vase w/ Birds
Gouache on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
I am a contemporary British artist, working from my studio in Ashburton, Devon
I worked for almost 20 years as a busy freelance illustrator. Today however my fine art practice responds to the rhythms of meditation and ancient tree tea ceremony which has become a fundamental companion to my creative approach.Guided by direct somatic experience my works are instinctive and intuitive, each one a process of deep self enquiry and profound reflection. Working with oil on canvas or gouache on paper, my paintings imbue a liminal quality, a sense of in-betweenness that delights in intangible wordlessness.
My fine art practice has become suffused with my spiritual practice. Any subject matter is treated as divine, iconic, and dances, uninhibited in its own light. Birds rejoice in liberation, female figures bathe in their own inner beauty and freedom. Influences of Shamanism, African rock art, Ancient clay models, and Greek pottery can be felt throughout the collections, which celebrate the power of storytelling and basic human emotion in simple and authentic form.
Brighton University, BA Hons in Graphic Design & Illustration, graduated 1996.
2017 Best Artists Open House Newcomer award
2018 HERD selected for the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition by Grayson Perry for his hand-curated Yellow Room.
2019 Best Artists Open House award for my solo show
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