Cornwall Contemporary 1 Parade Street, Penzance

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Sophie Carter

“I work intuitively and often from memory. Not knowing entirely where the painting will take me is partly what drives me as an artist. A large part of my practice is about the movement of paint and how it behaves with little or no manipulation. I apply paint, allowing it to rest as it chooses. I then work into this ground adding layers of interest, occasionally washing off partially or rubbing back. Ultimately, I allow the initial layers of paint to lead me to the final outcome of the painting. Working in my studio, I welcome the smell of linseed oil and turps. I’m comfortable in my old, paint covered clothes and bare feet, radio on. Once I’ve begun painting I’m in my own world. Painting is an escape for me, a retreat into my memories of the solitude and beauty of nature.”

Sophie Carter was born in 1972 and grew up in Cornwall. She drew and painted throughout her childhood and dreamed of being an artist, however circumstances led her to a career in horticulture. During this time she continued to paint, being constantly inspired by the nature around her. A career break to have a family lead to a strong desire to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming an artist. 

In 2016 Sophie enrolled on the first of 3, year long courses at Newlyn School of Art, finishing with the mentoring course and she now paints full time.


2020 ‘Contemporary Landscape’ – 3 person show at Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance

2019 ‘Summer Collection’ – Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance

2019  ‘Artists and Illustrators Artists of the Year’ The Mall Gallery, London
2018  ‘Fuse’ The Spring Gallery, Falmouth

2017 ‘St Ives Society of Artists Open Spring Exhibition’  St Ives
2017  ‘Defining Boundaries’, Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon
2017   ‘Spring Exhibition’, Stableyard Gallery, Trelowarren Estate, Helston
2016   ‘Imagine Falmouth’, Open Exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery

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Cornwall Contemporary
1 Parade Street
Queens Square
TR18 4BU

Telephone: 01736 874749

opening times:
Monday - Saturday  10 - 5

Gallery Director:
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

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