Pilar Corrias

Sophie von Hellermann

Sophie von Hellermann

Sophie von Hellermann

Treasure Island
Sophie von Hellermann
2017
Acrylic on canvas 180 x 230 cm 70 7/8 x 90 1/2 in
Running for the Hills
Sophie von Hellermann
2017
Acrylic on canvas 200 x 300 cm 78 3/4 x 118 1/8 in
Plastic People
Sophie von Hellermann
2017
Acrylic on canvas 180 x 230 cm 70 7/8 x 90 1/2 in
Goddess of the Sea
Sophie von Hellermann
2017
Acrylic on canvas 146 x 112 cm 57 1/2 x 44 1/8 in
That was New York
Sophie von Hellermann
2017
Acrylic on canvas 180 x 230 cm
Birds
Sophie von Hellermann
2017
Acrylic on canvas 160 x 200 cm
Brittania
Sophie von Hellermann
2017
Acrylic on canvas 130 x 100 cm
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann
Stufen zur Kunst - Sophie von Hellermann, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, 2017
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann
Stufen zur Kunst - Sophie von Hellermann, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, 2017
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann
Stufen zur Kunst - Sophie von Hellermann, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, 2017
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann, High Jump Tower
Sophie von Hellermann, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 2017.
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann, High Jump Tower
Sophie von Hellermann, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 2017.
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann, High Jump Tower
Sophie von Hellermann, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 2017.
All That Jazz
Sophie von Hellermann
2017
Acrylic on canvas 90 x 80 cm 35 3/8 x 31 1/2 in
Guardian Angel
Sophie von Hellermann
2017
Acrylic on canvas 193.5 x 138 cm
Vanity
Sophie von Hellermann
2015
Pigment and acrylic emulsion on canvas 146 x 112 cm
Catherine
Sophie von Hellermann
2015
Pigment and acrylic emulsion on canvas 118 x 105 cm
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann
After a Fashion – A Play wih Fire, Vilma Gold, London, 2015.
Installation view: Sophie Von Hellermann
After a Fashion – A Play wih Fire, Vilma Gold, London, 2015.
Installation view: Sophie Von Hellermann
After a Fashion – A Play wih Fire, Vilma Gold, London, 2015.
Installation view: Sophie Von Hellermann
After a Fashion – A Play wih Fire, Vilma Gold, London, 2015.
Elephant in the Room
Sophie von Hellermann
2013
Pigment and acrylic emulsion on canvas 230 x 320 cm
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann
Firstsite, Colchester, Essex, 2013.
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann
Firstsite, Colchester, Essex, 2013.
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann
Firstsite, Colchester, Essex, 2013.
Installation view: Sophie von Hellermann
Firstsite, Colchester, Essex, 2013.
Rocky
Sophie von Hellermann
2011
Acrylic on canvas 190 x 277 cm

Sophie von Hellermann’s paintings recall the look of fables, legends, and traditional stories that are imbued with the workings of her subconscious rather than the content of existing images. Her romantic, pastel-washed canvases are often installed to suggest complex narrative threads. Von Hellermann applies pure pigment directly onto unprimed canvas, her use of broad-brushed washes imbues a sense of weightlessness to her pictures. Von Hellermann’s paintings draw upon current affairs as often and as fluidly as they borrow from the imagery of classical mythology and literature to create expansive imaginary places. In subject matter and style, von Hellermann tests imagination against reality. 

Sophie von Hellermann was born in 1975 in Munich, Germany. Von Hellermann received her BFA from Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf and an MFA from Royal College of Art, London. Selected solo exhibitions include: Sophie von Hellermann, Office Baroque, Brussels (2017); After a Fashion– A Play with Fire, Vilma Gold, London (2015); Novel Ways, Greene Naftali, New York (2013); Elephant in the Room, Firstsite, Colchester (2013); Crying for The Sunset, Vilma Gold, London (2011); Sophie von Hellermann & Josh Smith, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2010); Judgement Day, Chisenhale Gallery, London; and Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (2006). Selected group exhibitions include: Jahresgaben 2016, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2016); Call and Response, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York (2015); Jerwood Encounters: The Grantchester Pottery paints the stage, Jerwood Visual Arts, London (2015); Empathy and Abstraction: Modernist Women in Germany, Kunsthalle Bielefeld (2015); I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea (2014); Out of the House, Cranford Collection, Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid (2013); Folk Devil, David Zwirner, New York (2013); In the disappearing mist, the gift of whispers, Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2012); Watercolour, Tate Britain, London (2011); Sophie von Hellermann and Josh Smith, le Consortium, Dijon (2009); 100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 Works of Art, Art on the Underground, London (2008).

Sophie von Hellermann lives and works in London and Margate, United Kingdom.

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