Paintings

The Thread of History Runs Through

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. 

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My portraiture and textile paintings have been exhibited and collected throughout Europe and the US. I have been lucky to have exhibited my work with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Pastel Society, and Manchester Art Gallery amongst many other locations.


BP Travel Award

In 2013 I won the BP Travel Award at the BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. I used the award to travel and research into how  lace was represented in early 17th century portraiture and created a new series of work inspired by my findings. The paintings were  subsequently exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and many other locations throughout the UK, including a special exhibition on Self Portraiture featuring Van Dyck’s famous self portrait, at Manchester Art Gallery

Sophie Ploeg Blog, BP Portrait Award 2014

PORTLAND SERIES

(HARLEY GALLERY)

The Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire invited me to create an exhibition of works inspired by the historic art collection of Welbeck Abbey. Extensive research into the history of this magnificent country house and its collections resulted in an exhibition of new works in 2016/17. 


Exhibitions

Besides  judged group exhibitions with various art societies I have exhibited my work with Catto Gallery in London, Haynes Gallery in Nashville, Lime Tree Gallery in Bristol to name a few. 

My work has been extensively published in art magazines such as Artists & Illustrators MagazineAmerican Art CollectorThe Pastel Journal as well as books such as 500 Portraits: 25 Years of BP Portrait Award.  My writing has appeared in Artists & Illustrator’s Magazine, Jackson’s Blog and other publications. 

Collectors have purchased my work via galleries, exhibitions, directly via my studio or online. Please contact Sophie for enquiries.

Please see also my CV.

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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.

Thank YOU; it's such a special thing to have 

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.

I am absolutely delighted with it. I can’t wait until it’s in place in the new house xx

Materials

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.