03/05/2023 - 26/05/2023
Contemporary - Painting
Sophie Walbeoffe - Just So
The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery presents Just So, a new exhibition of paintings by Kenyan-based artist Sophie Walbeoffe. The great theme of Walbeoffe's art is the Natural World: wild animals in their familiar habitats. Born in South Devon, well-travelled in India, and now living in Kenya, Walbeoffe brings an intensity of emotional engagement to her work, as well as a lifetime of close observation.
Having studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and later with Cecil Collins at the Central School of Art, Walbeoffe then spent three formative years painting in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, guided by Dr. Cynthia Moss, the distinguished scholar of elephant behaviour. It was in this landscape that Walbeoffe developed her enduring fascination with wildlife – birds and beasts existing in the fragile balance of their environment, in all their vitality, colour and beauty.
The challenge of capturing this fugitive world in paint animates Walbeoffe’s highly distinctive practice: 'When I work en plein air, I paint what I see very fast, usually with both hands. When in the studio, I paint what I feel and remember, more slowly.’
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