Sophie Ploeg Artist
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My Paintings

In my paintings I try to connect the past and the present, thereby seeking perspective and insight into our own world. History has always had this grounding feature; it helps to make us see the bigger picture and takes away the seeming randomness of events. A sense of order and belonging is what we seek when we study and ‘create’ our own historic narrative. 

I paint portraits of contemporary people; young children with their future ahead of them, women of today, families in the midst of their busy lives. In my still life paintings I often use a prop from the past to create a dynamic between the past and the present.  A sense of atmosphere, a mood or a feeling is often transferred by art without us knowing exactly why.  These things are hard to formalise but important to follow. 

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My work has been exhibited at lots of exciting exhibitions and galleries. To name a few: BP Portrait Award, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, RWA Bristol, Bath Society of Artists, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Pastel Society, Catto Gallery London, Haynes Gallery Nashville and many other places. It has been featured in art magazines such as American Art Collector and Artists & Illustrator’s Magazine amongst many others.  (more on my CV)

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After winning the BP Travel Award I researched how lace was depicted in 17th century art and created new works inspired by my findings. They were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London and  toured the UK thereafter.


A series of new works inspired by the Portland Collection, a family art collection gathered by the Cavendish family and kept at Welbeck Abbey. My new works were exhibited at the Harley Gallery within the Abbey’s grounds.


I paint in oils and pastel and use graphite, pastel and charcoal for drawings. My works is often recognised by its use of warm colours and focus on tonal qualities. 

My work is original and unique and created with archival and professional materials. 

Sophie Ploeg Artist

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If you are interested in owning one of my pieces, do get in touch, you will have something truly unique in your home which will last for generations to come. I am happy to take on commissions for portraits, still life or figure paintings.

Paintings prices vary from £100 for a quick sketch to £7000 for large oil painting so please feel free to just ask.

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Some Comments from Happy Collectors

I am gazing at her face as I type and I am quite overwhelmed by the picture. The detail and colouring is breathtaking.

Hi Sophie, I love the picture and I’m so glad I bought it!

Dear Sophie, we get so much pleasure from your painting.

Dear Sophie, Both “x” and “x” arrived safe and sound to California yesterday. They are absolutely stunning in person! I’m so glad to have found these lovely paintings and to be able to enjoy them everyday.