02/21/15

Sophie Cape | Artist Profile

Ahead of her exhibition at Olsen Irwin,  Sophie Cape has been featured on the cover of the latest Artist Profile. An in depth interview by Owen Craven, and with photography by Daniel Shipp, ‘Getting the art fix’ reveals Sophie’s art practice as something of extreme personal importance.

Sophie became a full time artist after having to retire as a professional athlete. She quickly found art to be the perfect replacement for the rush of cycling and downhill skiing, becoming acutely interested in the art making process despite it’s obvious differences to extreme sport.

“I was getting the same adrenaline rush from art that I got as an athlete. I became addicted to that through the art process, even though it was a completely different beast altogether.” – Sophie Cape in Artist Profile.

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Dusty Figment, 2015, oil, acrylic, ink, charcoal, carborumdum, graphite, bitumen, soil, bone on canvas, 150 x 200cm

Far from being just a substitute, making art would also prove to be a significant outlet of expression and an avenue for Sophie to exercise her love for being in the outdoors. Her practice is still intensely physical, with the artist talking about the way she uses her own body as a tool within the canvas. Her love of tactility, line and the mark-making act reveal her process to be closely linked with the limits of herself.

Because of the mental and physical energy expended in creating an artwork, for Sophie each one is imbued with its own story and a memory of the place it was made in, and of how the artist was thinking and feeling at the time. Indeed such is the intensity of the creation process that Sophie cannot work with others watching.

In the act of making an artwork, all these personal thoughts and emotions are tied together to a particular location and the opportunity for chance to occur in that place. Whether it be through the materials she uses, the way these are applied or changing weather conditions, spontaneity is also an important part of Sophie’s practice.

Perhaps its the way in which making art allows Sophie to combine all these things together, bringing them hurtling down towards an end point on canvas, that makes it an addictive experience and something that Sophie is highly successful at.

Sophie Cape: In the heart of the mountain where no words are spoken
Opening Saturday 21 February 2 – 4pm
Exhibition 18 Feb – 8March
63 Jersey Rd, Woollahra

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11/7/14

Sophie Cape | Winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014

Sophie cape has been announced as the winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award for her spectacular portrait of actor Dan Wyllie. Consisting of oil and acrylic paints, charcoal, bitumen ink and soil, Romper Stomper measures 209 x 203cm and expressively captures the personality of the actor as well as the characters that he has performed over the years.

“I just did a whole lot of sketches then I took the canvas out to the bush and attacked it in an abstract way…It’s more about getting the emotion and feelings and energy into the work first. Then back in the studio I started to pull the face out.” – Sophie Cape in conversation with the Sydney Morning Herald

The fact that this painting was decided upon over 300 entries to the prize and then again out of 49 finalists speaks volumes of its undeniable quality and likeness. For taking first place Sophie will receive $30,000.

An annual prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibits contemporary portraiture by Australian women artists and is recognised as a significant celebration of the talents and creativity of Australian female painters. The prize was founded by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister Portia Geach with the first award being given in 1965.

Congratulations Sophie!

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Sophie Cape, Romper Stomper, 2014, oil, acrylic, bitumen, charcoal, ink and soil on canvas, 209 x 203cm

10/28/14

Luke Sciberras, Sophie Cape, Guy Warren, Guy Maestri and Ann Thomson | The Blow-In Art Collective

More images of Guy Warren, Guy Maestri, Ann Thomson, Sophie Cape and Luke Sciberras’ painting trip to broken hill as part of The Blow-In Art Collective. Part of a group of ten, these five artists spent time creating artworks in the area, before exhibiting the pieces in an exhibition at the regional gallery, currently on show.

The images below allow for a good comparison between the kind of land these artists found themselves on and the way they decided to depict it. And while sometimes painting en plein air can be hazardous for artists (we need only refer to the picture of Sophie Cape’s bunched up paper canvas, a result of the wind) one can see here that painting in situ provides all sorts of opportunities for an artist to create an original piece of work. And to be in the company of other friendly artists provides another dimension to the process of creation. Not only have these artists produced some fantastic artworks, it also looks from these images as though they had a fantastic time producing them.

The other artists involved in the project are Steve Lopes, Euan Macleod, Kevin Connor, Peter Kingston and Dan Kyle.

The Blow-In Art Collective
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent St, Broken Hill, NSW, 2880
Friday October 10 – November 24

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10/18/14

Jo Bertini, Tamara Dean and Sophie Cape | Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014

A big congratulations to Sophie Cape, Jo Bertini and Tamara Dean, who have all been picked as finalists in the Portia Geach Memorial Award for 2014, to be exhibited at the National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery.

The annual award exhibits contemporary portraiture by Australian women artists and is recognised as a significant celebration of the talents and creativity of Australian female painters.

The prize was founded by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister Portia Geach with the first award being given in 1965. Portia was a strong campaigner of women’s rights and intent on painting at the highest standard, despite the lack of opportunities given to women artists in Australia during the first half of the 20th Century.

Portia Geach Memorial Award:
7 November – 14 December 2014
National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery
2 Watson Rd, Millers Point NSW 2000

 

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Jo Bertini, Trail Blazer / Bone Collector -Through Desert Eyes, 2014, oil on canvas, 91 x 91cm

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Sophie Cape, Romper Stomper (Dan Wyllie), 2014, oil, acrylic, bitumen, charcoal, ink and soil on canvas, 209 x 203cm

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Tamara Dean, Mirra, 2014, oil on canvas, 46 x 36cm

10/9/14

Guy Warren, Luke Sciberras, Sophie Cape, Ann Thomson and Guy Maestri | Painting trip to Broken Hill

A group of five artists from the Olsen Irwin stables are currently in Broken Hill creating works of art for the Regional Gallery. Guy Maestri, Ann Thomson, Sophie Cape, Luke Sciberras and Guy Warren are part of the “Blow-in art collective,” a group of ten artists from Sydney who will be painting en plein air in the area for two weeks.

At the end of this period the fresh works will be hung straight away in the gallery. It is quite unusual for something like this to occur without the finishing touches being added to a work in the studio first. It really is something that requires quite a bit of confidence on behalf of both the artists and the gallery.

The other artists involved in the project are Steve Lopes, Euan Macleod, Kevin Connor, Peter Kingston and Dan Kyle. From the photos below (taken by Luke Sciberras) it seems the group are not only making some wonderful artworks, but are also having a fantastic time together.

The Blow-In Art Collective
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent St, Broken Hill, NSW, 2880
Friday October 10 – November 24

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09/26/14

Sophie Cape, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Paul Ryan | Paddington Art Prize Finalists 2014

Four artists from the Olsen Irwin stable have been selected as finalists in the Paddington Art Prize this year. The works of Paul Ryan, Robert Malherbe, Sophie Cape and Anh Do will be on show between the 11th and 21st of October.

Established in 2004, The Paddington Art Prize is a painting prize that encourages the landscape as a truly contemporary genre. Given the great tradition of landscape painting in Australia, the prize can be seen as an especially significant one for Australian artists.

The Paddington Art Prize
Saturday, October 11 – Tuesday, October 21
111 – 113 Queen Street Woollahra, NSW 2025. Entrence via Dorhauer Lane

Opening Night – Wednesday October 15 6pm – 8pm

 

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Robert Malherbe, Landscape III, oil on linen, 66 x 56cm

 

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Paul Ryan, Morning of the Earth, oil on linen, 81 x 143cm

 

 

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Anh Do, Jindabyne Morning, oil on canvas, 152 x 102cm

 

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Sophie Cape, Glacial Furnace, bitumen, ink, oil, acrylic, soil and etching on paper, 90 x 120cm

 

09/12/14

Sophie Cape | Paul Ryan | Artist talk at National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery

Sophie Cape and Paul Ryan will be holding an artist talk for the Salon des Refuses this Sunday afternoon at the National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery.

Details:
National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery, 2 Watson Rd, Millers Point NSW 2000
Sunday 14 September, 3pm

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Sophie Cape in front of her work, in the Salon des Refuses,
‘The Earth Whirls Toward a Creation Unknown’, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 206 x 297cm

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Paul Ryan’s work, in the Salon des Refuses
‘Mountain North, Mountain South’, 2014, oil on linen, 81 x 143cm

08/7/14

Sophie Cape | In conversation with Richard Morecroft

Watch Sophie Cape in conversation with broadcaster Richard Morecroft discussing the exhibition Shadows of White – From Shaolin to Everest. The event was hosted on Saturday 19 July 2014, the final day of Sophie Cape’s 2014 exhibition at Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture.

07/19/14

Nicholas Harding | Sophie Cape | Paul Ryan | Salon des Refuses

Congratulations to Nicholas Harding, Sophie Cape and Paul Ryan for selection in the 2014 Salon des Refuses.

Originating in 1992, the Salon des Refuses presents an alternative selection of works from the entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. The judges for 2014 are Gina Fairley – arts writer, curator and director of Slot Gallery; Andrew Frost – art commentator, lecturer and presenter of The Art Life; and Jane Watters – director of the S.H. Ervin Gallery.

Nicholas Harding was selected for his entry for the Archibald Prize featuring the cast of the Sydney Theatre Company’s Waiting for Godot production, Playing for Godot (Mullins, Weaving, Roxburgh and Quast). Sophie Cape and Paul Ryan were selected for their entries to the Wynne Prize. The Wynne Prize accepts entries of landscape painting of Australian scenery or figure sculpture.

The exhibition opens today, Saturday 19 July, and run until 14 September at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney.

2014 Salon des Refuses
19 July to 14 September 2014

S.H. Ervin Gallery
Watson Road
Observatory Hill
The Rocks NSW 2000

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07/11/14

Sophie Cape | Studio

Sophie Cape was photographed in her Sydney studio by fellow Olsen Irwin artist Tamara Dean for the Sydney Morning Herald. The images give us a great insight into Cape’s studio, materials and process. The accompanying article, detailing her life as a downhill skier and track cyclist before becoming an artist, was featured in Good Weekend on 31 May 2014read the article here.

Sophie Cape’s exhibition Shadows of White – from Shaolin to Everest is on now at Olsen Irwin, Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture.

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Shadows of White – from Shaolin to Everest
2 – 20 July 2014

Olsen Irwin
Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025

All images courtesy Tamara Dean.

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