Sophie Gralton: The Artist
Sophie Gralton spent her childhood growing up in scenic rural Victoria. As the middle child of five siblings, her everyday life was noisy, active, and exciting and it is this time that holds many happy memories for Sophie and inspires much of her artwork.
“In today’s era of sleek minimalism, designer kitchens and crisply sterile modernism, I mourn for a time when children could remember what it was like to have milk bottles with foil tops, a baker that delivered to your home and the Postie riding a bike. In my own childhood in the country, our milk was delivered by horse and cart. That era has gone – and I want to capture now the childhood that my own children are experiencing by incorporating in my artwork, pieces of memorabilia of this current generation.”
Sophie Gralton’s genre paintings are loosely based on 17th Century Dutch portrait of children painted at that time. She uses Australian models, often her own children, and often wearing garments reminiscent to hers as a child.
Sophie’s works include mixed media such as old linoleum, manila tags, children’s’ story books and postage stamps, which are directly applied to the canvas. Her works intentionally never reveal the eyes, so as to keep them as fleeting impressions of childhood as opposed to portraits with specific identities. This way, the viewer is able to find elements of their own childhood in her works. It is also becoming her trademark, and one that she has become well recognized for, having had sell out shows for several years now.
Sophie studied fashion and textile design at Sydney College of the Arts and worked for five years as a textile designer. She then studied at the National Arts School (Sydney) and graduated in 1996 with a degree in Fine Arts. She has been working as a successful artist since.
2012 Mad Show, Gallery Aloft, Sydney
2012 Offspring, Gallery One Southport, QLD
2012 Residency in Printmaking, Scopelos, Greece
2011 A Child Most Likely,Tusk Gallery, South Yarra
2011 Art Melbourne, Sophie Gralton & Suey McEnnally
2011 Wonderland, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
2008 Lostalgia, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney