Wednesday 20 April 2011

Drawings of a Storyteller

Contact: Sophie Gartell
T: 07950 747525
Venue: Air Gallery, Dover Street, Mayfair
Exhibition Dates: 23-28th May 2011
Private View: Tuesday 24th May 2011
Intricate pencil work and bold motif is punctuated by haunting messages in Sophie Gartell's work on show at the prestigious Air Gallery during the last week in May. Loosely based on the themes of isolation and abandonment running throughout many of our best-loved tales, Sophie creates characters carefully realised through a controlled pastel palette offset with splashes of neon.
Using a combination of drawing, painting, stenciling and print, her pieces evoke a beautiful child-like world in which wolves and birds, rabbits and trees hint towards the darker side of fairytale.
The re-imaginings of 'Hansel and Gretal', 'Snow White' and 'The Babes in the Wood' are, amongst others a perfect balance between the delightful and the sombre. A storyteller at heart, Sophie is strongly passionate about using pencil and paper and her artwork is by turn quirky, elegant, colourful, delicate, sharp and highly personal. The marriage of image and word has enabled Sophie to produce decorative pieces whilst maintaining a strong narrative throughout.
A freelance illustrator for ten years, Sophie graduated with a B.A. in Illustration from Brighton in 2001.
She has enjoyed a career in editorial illustration, card and wrap design, product design and commission-based paintings. Diverse working methods has made Sophie's work popular with an increasingly varied client-base, and she has worked extensively with publishers both sides of the pond.
Although viewing alongside her brother's own show at the same time, 'Store In A Cool Dry Place' is Sophie's first solo exhibition. With two shows running parallel, this is an exciting opportunity to view a brother and sister artist collaboration who work in very diffent ways.
'Store In A Cool Dry Place' runs from Monday 23rd May to Saturday 28th May 2011. For more information, or to schedule an interview with the artist, please call Sophie on 07950 747525, or email at

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