Sophie Barlett Biography

Sophie Barlett Photograph

Sophie Barlett (Born 1962)

Sophie Bartlett was born and grew up on a farm in Hawkley, Hampshire. She went to Art College at West Surrey and graduated in 1984 with a BA (Hons) from Hull College of Art. For many years she worked with paint and colour – but largely on building sites.
Sophie describes her work as “loosely impressionistic”, encompassing landscape, still life and figurative subjects. Although much of her inspiration comes from the countryside, she is also fascinated by urban and industrial landscapes, sketching and painting subjects as diverse as cathedrals, construction sites and dockyards. She loves light, colour, shape and the visual ‘rightness’ of things. She has a big visual memory and likes to recapture colour combinations that excite her. She also likes to try and express the feeling of the thing/place she is painting through colour and drawing.
Sophie works in a variety of media, but over the last few years she has found it hugely exciting to discover watercolour. Sophie likes the quality and translucence of this medium, and has begun combining it with collage, adding found pieces of coloured paper and pattern to provide contrast and texture. Drawing on her strong visual memory, she will often introduce colour combinations remembered from elsewhere into a current painting. As well as using watercolour, charcoal, ink and wax, Sophie has also returned to working with oil paint and is very excited by the possibilities this presents for the future.

Previous exhibitions include Cricket Fine Art Gallery, London; The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge; The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham; The Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London; The Cork St Gallery, London; The Moreton Gallery, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire; and Sophie has also opened her studio with Hampshire Open Studios.