The structure and detail of a single Eucalyptus stem is captured through a monotype printing process. A unique print is created by transfer of inks to paper through the pressure of an etching press, this piece has been worked up afterwards with brushes and an ink wash.
Sophie Coe trained as an architect and spent 5 years living in Australia and recalls her connection with the plant native to Australia. She says, "I love the detail and the graphic shapes of the leaves, it appeals to the designer/architect side of me. Using a colour not normally associated with eucalyptus allows us to see it anew, making these elements the primary focus."
Sophie wants to draw people's attention to the ethereal quality of nature, the beauty in the small things or the quiet moments that can go unnoticed and under appreciated. "Whether it’s the power of the sea, the wind through a grove of bamboo, sunlight through a canopy, rain, the detail and structure of a leaf. There's so much beauty around us, both the big views and the details, I’m in awe of it. I try to capture the mood, the wonder, the feeling of being there, the elements perhaps less visible with a passing glance."
Living and working in Australia and Asia, Sophie developed an appreciation for natures driving force. She works with charcoal, paint and various printmaking and cyanotype techniques. the medium is carefully chosen to best represent the subject.
Summer Foundation in Fine Art, The Slade, 2007
Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, Oxford Brookes University.
Architecture (BA), Oxford Brookes University.
Diploma in Art & Design, Bournemouth College of Art.
Selected group exhibitions: Memories, Shadows, Reflections..., Gallery on the Green, London 2019. Tricks of the Light, Riverside Gallery, London 2018. A Personal Portrait, Riverside Gallery, London 2017. Open House, Orleans House Gallery, London 2017. Reflections, The Chapel, London 2015. Untitled, Staffords Gallery, London 2015.
Sophie's work is held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Brussels, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Commercial projects include artwork supplied for the multi award winning Artisan London development in Fitzrovia by Rolph Judd and Dukelease.
Sophie Coe is also including Eucalyptus Series in The Christmas Auction.