Championed Artist


Vallance depicts encounters from her daily life, in conversation with the world around her where the real and imagined collide.

Sophie Vallance Cantor (b.1993 Scotland) lives and works in London. 


Vallance depicts encounters from her daily life, in conversation with the world around her where the real and imagined collide. An invitation to see the world through the artist’s eyes. Memories and scenes are often exaggerated, domestic cats become tigers and panthers, anxieties become real as monsters laying in the shadows. 


Vallance’s practice in a wider context, acts as an antidote to her experiences of moving through the world as a neurodivergent person. Her self-portraits are ever changing, growing, shrinking and living through the canvases which seem to be chattering in conversation with each other. Vallance keeps the viewer slightly at length, they are invited in but not to participate in her world. They remain the ‘outsider’, like witnessing a private joke that hasn’t yet been explained to them.

There is a stillness amongst the storytelling, these small moments of salvation are elongated and immortalised through the medium of paint, to be savoured and meditated upon. The physicality of the paintings, thick umptuous strokes of oil paint, wet on wet and creamy edges where colours meet but don’t mix, perpetuate a feeling of joy further, feeling the enjoyment of the hands that have made each mark.


B. 1993, Scotland , Based in London, UK. 


2013-2015 Painting Camberwell College of Arts
2011-2012 Foundation in Art and Design CCW Progression Centre


Solo Exhibitions
2021 ‘Bad at Life (Good at Painting), Guts Gallery, London
2020 ‘Peeka-Fuckin-Boo’ Guts Gallery, London
2020 ‘Even Tigers Need a Rest’ Aleph Contemporary, London


Duo Exhibitions
2021 ‘Achy Breaky Heart’, NBB Gallery, Berlin
2021 ‘Sophie Vallance x Banal’, Galerie Tracanelli, Grenoble
2019 ‘Sophie Vallance X David Esquivel’ Galerie Tracanelli, Grenoble, France
2018 ‘They Said I Was Special’, Union Gallery, London
2018 ‘H E R U S' Berlin, Germany


Group Exhibitions
2021 ‘Strike Me a Pose’ Galerie Fran Reus, Mallorca, Spain
2021 ‘Achy Breaky Heart’, NBB Gallery, Berlin
2021 ‘Unsellable’ Just a Studio, London
2021 ‘Reality Check’ Guts Gallery, London
2021 ‘All Together Now’ Big Yin Gallery, St Leonards on Sea
2021 ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’ Louise Alexander Gallery, Italy
2021 ‘(Re) Birth of Venus’ Pulpo Gallery, Munich
2021 ‘A New Art World’ Guts Gallery, London
2021 ‘Introducing’ Guts Gallery at Sadie Coles
2021 ‘Now, Now’ Breach, Miami, USA
2021 ‘Holding Hands’ Union Gallery, London
2021 ‘Safe as Milk’ Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
2021 ‘Back to Back’ Bowes Parris, London
2020 ‘NBB Paperworks Vol 1’ Berlin, Germany
2020 ‘Original Paper’ Wilder Gallery, London
2020 ‘Curated for Christmas’ Bowes Parris Gallery x All Mouth Gallery, London
2020 ‘Pending’ San Mei Gallery, London
2020 ‘Discerning Eye’ Mall Galleries London
2020 ‘LIMBO’ Everyday Gallery, Antwerp
2020 ‘The Just’ Aleph Contemporary, London
2020 ‘Begin Again’ Guts Gallery, London
2020 ‘Antifreeze’ Bowes Parris Gallery, London
2020 ‘When Shit Hits The Fan’ GUTS Gallery, London
2019 ‘Opening Exhibition’ GUTS Gallery, London

2019 ‘Let Me Try to Explain’ L21 Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2019 ‘Manifest The Future’ Castiglioni, São Paulo, Brazil
2019 ‘Salad Days’, YNGSPC Online Exhibition
2018 'Predatory Behaviour', T293, Rome, Italy
2018 'Her Presence is Fuel' Mo Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2018 'Slightly Seared on The Reality Grill' Unit 5 Gallery, London
2017 'Young Contemporary Talent Exhibition' Ingram Collection, London
2017 'PC4PC' 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, London
2017 'Mine, Others and Yours' We are BUD, Athens, Greece
2015 'One Potato, Two' Arch Collective, London
2015 '24 Hour Project' GX Gallery, London
2015 'UNIT' CGP/ Cafe Gallery, London
2012 'CCW Foundation Show' CCW Progression Centre, London
2012 'RBA and NADFAS Annual Show' Mall Galleries, London
Residencies and Awards
2019 L21 Gallery Residency, Spain
2017 Young Contemporary Talent Prize, Ingram Collection (FINALIST)


Guts Exhibitions 

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