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Ghosts of the past: The art of Julian Meagher, Sophie Cape, Chris Langlois and Alan Jones

Andrew McIlroy
Andrew McIlroy
2 October 2019

The Eveleigh Railway Workshops once an imposing symbol of modernity speaks to another time.  The vast old wrought iron roof sheltered and brought together hundreds of workers – hardened men from Sydney’s gritty inner suburbs, newly arrived migrants and indigenous peoples from neighbouring Redfern.  Despite the harsh, choking conditions working on heavy steam powered rail machinery presents, those that endured spoke of its heart and soul, of forged friendships that would last a lifetime.


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Belle Property Magazine
Margaret Quilter
Issue 22 | 2018

Sophie Cape’s unusual path to life as an artist is also her biggest asset.

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Sophie Cape Maelstrom

Sophie Cape at OLSEN Gallery opening

November 2018

Sophie Cape at the opening of her latest exhibition Maelstrom, November 2018 Part 1 of 2

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AUSTRALIAN STORY: Adrenaline Brush: Sophie Cape

2017

Described as more like a “rock star” than a painter, Sophie Cape never wanted to be an artist.

A former elite athlete, she was destined for the Olympic Games in two separate sports — first as a downhill ski racer and then as a track cyclist — but her sporting career was shattered after suffering catastrophic injury and undergoing controversial “experimental” body-modification surgery intended to ease her pain and help her performance.

Left physically and psychologically traumatised, Sophie Cape then transformed herself into one of Australia’s most celebrated young artists. It’s a profession she has long resisted, as both her mother Ann Cape and her grandmother the late Gwenna Welch are highly regarded artists. But now Sophie Cape has no doubt about becoming the third generation artist in her family: “Art saved me.”

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SOPHIE CAPE | Finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize

July 2017

The gallery wishes congratulations to Sophie Cape, finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize for Awake, O Sleeper.
Awake, O Sleeper, 2017 soil, bulldust, blood, charcoal, acrylic, oil, pastel, graphite, ink on canvas 169 x 213cm
The Ravenswood Australian Women?s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 4 August, 2017.



Sophie Cape - Into the Shadows

The Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum
John McDonald
10 October 2015

"A mother and daughter turn to paint and canvas to comprehend a family tragedy".

In light of World Mental Health Day, John McDonald reviews Ann  and Sophie Cape's current exhibition 'An Unending Shadow: Works Exploring Dementia' at Mosman Art Gallery.

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Artist Profile
Owen Craven
19/2/15

Sophie Cape is a former professional athlete who retired from competitive sport ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to injury. She dabbled in art from a young age – inspired by her artist grandmother (Gwenna Thatcher) and mother (Ann Cape) – but it was when her sporting career came to an abrupt end that her art making became the perfect outlet for her restless, athletic energy and her love of being outdoors. Cape immerses herself physically and emotionally into the landscape. It’s here that she has discovered and developed her unique visual language, making large-scale, visceral artworks composed predominately outside, on the ground in seclusion.

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Belle
Harry Roberts
Feb 6 2015

Life works. Blood, sweat and tears are embodied in the creations of every one of these visionary artists.

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Sydney Morning Herald- Spectrum
Rick Feneley
31 May 2014

Downhill skier, sprint cyclist, near-death veteran, serial hospitalcase. Rick Feneley follows Sophie cape's blood-curdling ride from extreme athlete to extreme artist.

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Sophie Cape in conversation with Richard Morecroft, July 2014

Sophie Cape in conversation with broadcaster Richard Morecroft discussing the exhibition 'Shadows of White - From Shaolin to Everest'. 

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Harpers Bazaar
Noelle Faulkner
June 2013

Meet the talents currently reshaping Australian culture, from stage to gallery to turntable. Remember these names, says Noelle Faulkner.

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Sydney Morning Herald
Darryn King
April 2013

The moment of creative inspiration is often characterised as a flash, a spark, a spontaneous flicking of a light switch or - somewhat dangerously - a lightning strike. Yesterday visited Paul McCartney in a dream. William Blake and Giacomo Puccini described themselves as careful transcribers of heavenly dictation.

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Mosman Daily
Kate Crawford
May 31st 2012

Artist Sophie Cape recalls avalanche terror

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The Daily Telegraph
Elizabeth Fortescue
17/5/12

On February 17 this year, Sophie Cape was painting alone on an Austrian mountain side, when a terrifying roar of wind heralded an avalanche. The Sydney artist was buried, along with 4 large canvases laid out on the snow.

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The Mosman Daily
Kate Crawford
18/11/2011

THE dark and moody portrait of anti-whaling campaigner Captain Paul Watson was painted “with blood, bone and fat”, according to the artist.

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The Sydney Morning Herald
Louise Schwartzkoff
Monday, October 10, 2011

By the time Felicity Smith and Paul Lowe decided to get married, they owned a house in Darlinghurst and had enough kitchenware and manchester to last them decades. Rather than risk an avalanche of salad bowls and steak knives on their wedding day next month, the couple have asked guests to contribute towards at $12,000 abstract painting.
 

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The Mosman Daily
Kate Crawford
25/2/11

The paintings in artist Sophie Cape’s first solo exhibition reflect the pain of her former career as a downhill ski racer. Sophie’s paintings have been described as “shocking in impact with their shattered bones and broken dreams”. Sophie grew up in Mosman and is the daughter of Mosman artist Ann Cape

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Sydney Morning Herald - SMH
John Macdonald
19/2/2011

As floods follows droughts, the art dealers are hoping a new year will bring clients rushing back through their doors. The previous 12 months were so quiet and visitation so poor that 2011 simply has to be better. This may be an optimistic view, but only an optimist would ever open a commercial gallery. The problem has not been the quality of the shows but the dogged reluctance of buyers to succumb to their acquisitive impulses. The money was there but self-denial was practices with a rigour that is rarely seen in Sydney. As usual there are many shows crying out for attention, but at the risk of making an arbitrary connection, I’ll look at three exhibitions by three young painters working in completely different styles.. Sophie Cape, at the Tim Olsen Gallery is making her debut…  Cape, who is the youngest of these three artists but perhaps, the most confidant...

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Sydney Morning Herald
16/2/11

Cross a paintbrush with an adrenalin rush and you get artist Sophie Cape, pictured. A champion downhill skier until injuries forced a change of career, Cape describes her violent way with a brush as "a cathartic expulsion of energy". Her pyschological self portraits,

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The Sunday Herald
Alicia Wood
06/02/11

Somewhere within Sophie Cape’s violent and visceral paintings is her biography. As the dirt and paint intersect on huge pieces of paper, the results tell the story of an elite athlete distraught after injures took away her goals. Cape was a champion skier who changed careers after serious knee and muscle injuries.

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