Encounters from her everyday are re-imagined on her large square canvases, half reality, half fantasy.
Sophie Vallance’s practice as a painter is best described as an intense examination of life; a conversation with herself. Encounters from her everyday are re-imagined on her large square canvases, half reality, half fantasy. Her imagery draws heavily on animals, self portraiture, food, and her subjective reality. In turn, these are inflected by tonalities ranging from the humorous to the darkly sad. She is currently based in Glasgow but has lived in both Berlin and London, allowing her practice to naturally evolve through time and locale, tied not to particular geographical place, but instead to the experiential and how it takes on shape and distinction in hindsight. Her own voice sits at the nexus of feminist practices, cathartic art-making, processes of confession, folklore, and storytelling.
B. 1993, England, Based in Glasgow, UK.
2013-2015 Painting Camberwell College of Arts
2011-2012 Foundation in Art and Design CCW Progression Centre
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 ‘Peeka-Fuckin-Boo’ Guts Gallery x Soft Punk, London
2020 ‘LIMBO’ Everyday Gallery, Antwerp
2020 ‘The Just’ Aleph Contemporary, London
2020 ‘Begin Again’ Guts Gallery, London
2020 ‘Anti-Freeze’ Bowes Parris Gallery, London
2020 ‘Even Tigers Need a Rest’ Aleph Contemporary, London
2020 ‘When Shit Hits The Fan’ GUTS Gallery, London
2019 ‘Sophie Vallance X David Esquivel’ Galerie Tracanelli, Grenoble, France
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 ‘They Said I Was Special’, Union Gallery, London
2018 'Predatory Behaviour', T293, Rome, Italy
2018 'Her Presence is Fuel' Mo Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2018 ‘H E R U S' 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)
Top Ten Shows from the UK and IrelandMimi Chu, Frieze, 12 Feb 2021
TO SKIN A CAT: IN CONVERSATION WITH SOPHIE VALLANCE CANTORLayla Leiman, ARTMAZE Magazine
ON VIEW BY FLASH ART: “It’s 2020 For F*ck Sake” Guts Gallery and Soft Punk / LondonFlash Art , 11 Dec 2020
IT’S 2020 FOR F*CK SAKEART PLUGGED, ART PLUGGED, 30 Sep 2020
Begin Again is the virtual art exhibition tackling racial inequalityGunseli Yalcinkaya, Dazed , 14 Aug 2020
Scrap that, lets begin againTJ Sidhu, The Face, 13 Aug 2020
Begin Again: The online exhibition challenging austerity and racial oppressionScarlett Baker , Love Magazine, 13 Aug 2020
Artist Interview | Sophie Vallance CantorJosh Price, GowithYamo, 10 Jun 2020
Ten's to see 'When Shit Hits the Fan', The insta-exhibition by Guts GalleryPaul Toner, 10 Magazine, 2 Apr 2020
The London art you can take a virtual tour of right now for freeLucy Scovell, The Glossary, 29 Mar 2020
When Shit Hits the Fan (In the Artworld)TJ Sidhu, The Face, 27 Mar 2020
Art markets find high-tech ways to reach buyersMelanie Gerlis, Financial Times, 27 Mar 2020
This Instagram-only exhibition is full of London’s best young artistsEddy Frankel, Time Out London, 24 Mar 2020
Guts Gallery present ‘When shit hits the fan’ a digital Instagram exhibitionMark Westall, Fad Magazine, 23 Mar 2020
Explore south east London’s underground art galleriesPhoebe Gardner, Wallpaper, 21 Feb 2020
GUTS GALLERY TO OPEN IN LONDON NEXT WEEK PROVIDING SPACE AND EXPOSURE FOR BAME ARTISTS, FEMALE ARTISTS, WORKING-CLASS ARMark Westall, FAD Magazine, 10 May 2019
SOPHIE AND DOUGLAS CANTOR. A catalyser of thoughts and experiences.MARTIN MAYORGA, DATEAGLE ART, 24 Jul 2018
Sophie Vallance Interview on FLOORR MAGAZINEStephen Feather, Floorr Magazine, 10 Jul 2018
sophie vallance cantor’s cat paintings explore anxiety and empowermentAlice Newell-Hanson, i-D Magazine, 25 Aug 2017
WHEN SHIT HITS THE FAN AGAINFOR ARTISTS BY ARTISTS, 1 NIGHT ONLY. 4 Feb - 4 Mar 2021Through the invitation extended to established artists into the exhibition. We are hoping to reinstate a balance of power. Allowing established artists to shoulder emerging artists. 50% of sales of works sold by an established artist, will be distributed entirely to all the emerging artists involved. This redistribution of wealth offers a new outlook and model that is fundamentally for artists, by artists, creating an alternative system of support.
PEEKA-FUCKIN-BOOA Debut Solo Show by Sophie Vallance | It's 2020 For F*ck Sake – A Thirteen Artist, Back-to-Back Solo Exhibition Marathon 5 - 9 Nov 2020A Debut Solo Show by Sophie Vallance as part of the It's 2020 For F*ck Sake Exhibition Marathon
BEGIN AGAINAs society shifts, the art world shifts. We are on the cusp of change. 13 - 27 Aug 2020This is a time to stop, reflect, create dialogue, and put our words into positive action. To begin again we must shoulder each other, listen to each other, work together and collectively change together. As the newest generation of art collectors, we urge you to collect from this exhibition. The revenue made will support The Free Black University and the newest generation of artists.
to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start
once more; another time; anew; in addition
With many thanks to Lotte Andersen for her continuous support throughout this exhibition, and to Pallas Citroen, Director of The Bomb Factory Art Foundation. Who is kindly providing a free gallery space as part of The Guts Prize.
WHEN SHIT HITS THE FANGallery openings have been affected by the spread of coronavirus 26 Mar - 16 Apr 2020Many art-related events, including Guts Gallery's, have either been cancelled or postponed, causing a large economic impact on artists and smaller galleries. We want to challenge this, putting our ethos of supporting underrepresented contemporary voices into action by navigating this set back through a digital Instagram exhibition.
GUTS GALLERY OPENINGGuts Gallery is opening its doors for the first time, exhibiting works from renowned and emerging practitioners at Ugly Duck’s London Bridge event space. 16 - 19 May 2019Guts Gallery is opening its doors for the first time, exhibiting works from renowned and emerging practitioners at Ugly Duck’s London Bridge event space.