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 Design for the Environment from Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2009 she spent 3 months as Artist in Residence with The Art Students League of New York, and had subsequent exhibitions of her 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.
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 Creative Programmes Producer for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust from 2015-2017 and as Exhibitions Officer for the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2018-2019.
She was recently appointed Trustee Board Member of Lifeways Charity Centre in Stratford upon Avon and Board Director of Asian Society of Arts in New York City.
Sophie is the founder, editor and designer of The Love, Hope & Peace Journal, an online magazine with contributors and readers from around the world, supported by Amnesty International. It’s published on Issuu.com : https://issuu.com/thelovehopepeacejournal/docs/finalpdf
In 2018 she was appointed Peace Ambassador by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for her local reconciliation efforts in running the Brexit Cafe and publishing the Love, Hope & Peace Journal, and was part of their Peace & Reconciliation Exhibition. In September 2019 she was appointed Trustee Board Member at Lifeways Charity in Stratford upon Avon.
Her first novel Over Dine Øjne – Over Your Eyes – was published in Denmark by Forfatterskabet in November 2019 and has received outstanding reviews: https://www.forfatterskabet.dk/over-dine-oejne/
Sophie has been interviewed for newspaper articles, radio and television by The Stratford Herald, The Guardian, Irish Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters, BBC News, Sky News, Danish TV2 News and Swedish TV4 News in relation to her Brexit Cafe and political activism.
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.