Sophie Clausen was born and educated in Denmark. She moved to London where she received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and History of Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and an MA in Communication Design from Chelsea College of Art and Design. Since then she has worked as Exhibition Co-ordinator and Designer for the London Institute Gallery and as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator on film and documentaries for ITV and Psychology News.
In 2004 she was appointed as Graphic Designer for Alan Ayckbourn’s theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. From 2005 to 2010 she worked as Senior Graphic Designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2010-2011 she was employed by the Danish Embassy in London as Press and Cultural Officer. From 2011-2013 she worked as an artist in New York City before moving back to Stratford upon Avon where she has worked as a Cultural Programmes Producer for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust from 2015-2017 and currently works as an Exhibition Officer for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Sophie is the founder, editor and designer of The Love, Hope & Peace Journal, an online magazine published bi-annually on Issuu.com. https://issuu.com/thelovehopepeacejournal/docs/finalpdf
In April and May 2009 she completed an artist residency with The Art Students League of New York, and had exhibitions of her new series of paintings ‘Free Falling’ at Galleria Panza Verde and La Reunion in La Antigua, Guatemala. She was awarded the Vytlacil Scholarship with The Art Students League of New York in 2010.
1998: Solo show in the new library building, opened by Princess Anne,
at Goldsmiths College, London
2001: Solo show at Angel Eye Gallery, Mayfair, London
2003: Group show at the Elsinore Culture Centre, Denmark
2003: Solo show at Gallery Orange, Elsinore, Denmark
2004: Group show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
2008: Group show at the Civic Hall, Stratford upon Avon
2008: Group show at The Gallery, Stratford upon Avon
2009 (May): Group show at The Art Students League of NY, The Elizabeth Sullivan Gallery, New York
2009 (July): Solo show at Galeria Panza Verde, La Antigua, Guatemala
2009 (August): Solo show at La Reunion, La Antigua, Guatemala
2010 (May): Group show at The Art Students League of NY, The Elizabeth Sullivan Gallery, New York
2010 (October): Group show at The Art Students League of NY, The Elizabeth Sullivan Gallery, New York
2011 (March): Group show at The Art Students League of NY, The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York
2012 (April): Joint show at Box Brownie, Stratford upon Avon
2012 (May): Alumni show at The Art Students League of NY, The Elizabeth Sullivan Gallery, New York
Colour, movement and narrative is what drives my work.
I paint on canvas or discarded metal, using a variety of materials such as oil, graphite, cloth, paper, iron powder and pigment powder, as I am interested in the rawness of materials and in re-using objects that have already served a functional purpose. I am interested in the transformation of objects, as I see this as part of a natural process, a recycling of times and experiences past. By exploring materials such as these, letting them find their own expression, I also let them find their own stories; like imagination let loose, and I, the painter, doing my best to capture what arises.
Of course, it’s a two-way dynamic. My own fascination with the sky, with the air we breathe, with the earth and the sea, and what it means to be a living person in the midst of these elements, is the foundation of my work. The narrative is weaved in by the invisible forces and voices of the surfaces and materials: lines of a landscape or of the sea, traces of shapes or of subconscious memories, a sensation of falling through space, unable to grasp the vastness of the sky – the dream of being free, and flying high above the ground – all stories about being alive in this world and the pure sensation of it.