Sophie Ploeg

In my paintings I aim to connect dots; the dots of history, fashion, art and contemporary life. By seeking connections I hope to construct a meaningful layer to my and our lives. By incorporating pieces of history, referring to the art from the past, and using props such as antique lace, art can show the bigger picture.

Antique Lace depicted in oils
portraits on commission
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I am a Dutch-born artist, art tutor, writer and art historian, based in the UK. I find much of my inspiration in art history, especially the Dutch and English 16th and 17th century. I try to find a dynamic between the past and the present in my painterly depictions of lace, silk, and velvet as well as my portraiture. My portrait work has been exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the BP Portrait Award and elsewhere. I paint in oils and pastel and am available for commissions. 

Beautiful galleries show portraiture, fabrics and lace, pastel and drawings as well as recent work. With links to current exhibition listings, how to buy a painting and more. 

One-day workshops in small groups and with lots of personal help. Sophie teaches painting and drawing in intensive but informal workshops in South Gloucestershire.

A large resource of articles on art history, pastel and oil painting tips and techniques, exhibition reviews, musings and inspiration.

Short videos, tutorials and peeks in the studio on Sophie’s Youtube channel

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Busting the Myths of Oil Painting
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Colour at Incamminati
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