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Biography - Sophy Brown

 

 

Selected showings

2015

Ranchlands 16th Annual Art Exhibition, Denver CO, (11/19/15)

Weekend in the West Art Show and Sale, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen,CO (6/26/15)

The Summer Exhibition, Saks Gallery, Denver, CO (6/12/15 - 8/22/15)

10th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West – Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Denver, CO (3/20/15 – 5/3/15)

Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale – Denver, CO (January)

Denver Round Up – Saks Gallery, Denver, CO (January)

2014

Over the River and Through the Woods – Saks Gallery, Denver, CO (12/11-31/14) 

Holiday Small Works Show – Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale AZ (12/11/14)

Ranchlands 15th Annual Art Exhibition – Junction Box, Denver, CO (11/2/14) 

Hold Your Horses – Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ

CHR Special Event – Tough Luck Cowboy, Boulder, CO

Stampede Western Invitation Art Exhibit & Sale – Greeley, CO

Weekend in the West – Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO

7th Annual American Art Invitational “The Artist, The Passion, The Art” – Denver, CO

21st Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale – Denver, CO

2013

The Art of the Horse - Whiteplains, NY

20th Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale - Denver, CO

Weekend in the West – Evergreen Fineart, Evergreen, CO

Cowgirl Up! – Desert Caballerous Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

Art and Heritage of the American West - Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ

2012

Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale - Denver, CO

Governor’s Interventional Art Show - Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO

Weekend in the West Invitational Art Show and Sale - Evergreen Fineart, Evergreen, CO

Cowgirl Up! - Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

Parallel Lives One Man Show - Mercury Framing, Boulder, CO

Awards

'Peoples Choice Award' Coors Western Art 2015

'Collectors Choice Award' for Roans and Greys at the Weekend in the West Show, Evergreen CO (2014)

'Best in Show’ at the Heart of the West Art Show and Sale in Lander, Wyoming (2008).  

 Work Ethic  was awarded ‘People’s Choice’ at the Weekend in the West Show, in Evergreen Colorado (2012)

 

Sophy’s work was showcased in the article Horse Play by Devon Jackson in the July 2008 issue of Southwest Art.  Other articles include Women Capture the Power of Horses by Judy Archibald that appeared in the May/June 2008 issue of Wildlife Art. Horses in Art, fall 2011, a featured article, by Corinne Joy Brown.Work has also been featured in Western Art Collectorissue numbers 4, 26, 29 and 45.  Western Horseman (cover), November 2015 & 2011.  Southwest Art,  Captuering the New West July 2012.  Rodeo News, Art of Rodeo July 2012, and most recently in Ranch and Reata volume 4.4 2014.

 

Statement

I hope my paintings capture " the feel of the rush of life." I want to show what it is like to be amongst horses in a great open country. I paint as a means of capturing and the blood and bone responses of the horse in images of speed, freedom, alarm, curiosity and exuberance. In the horse's alertness and physicality I recognize our common nature and a manifestation of what in us is often hidden and complicated. I find subjects at rodeos, the sporting show-biz remnants of a practical past. The bucking horse paintings show an adrenaline-born moment when both horse and rider are tapping into their primary resources. They are about hanging onto a rough ride and getting a threat off your back. They are about strength, balance and survival. A cowboy image refers to that forthright, self-reliant, frontier-broaching man who kicked American progress into high gear. It refers to living close to the rigors and rhythms of nature, a connection that has increasing value in a world that is getting smaller with easy communication, travel and the pursuit, not of "happiness", but convenience. As we are aware of the changes in the world, we are reminded also of our own deep and instinctive nature. The critic John Berger says that man looks at animals across an "abyss of non-comprehension" and vice versa: we have parallel lives. He says the "animal has secrets which, unlike the secrets of caves, mountains, seas, are specifically addressed to man." Bio I was born in 1963 and grew up in England, coming to America in 1987 when I went to the University of Michigan to study for a MFA in painting. I had completed my BFA at Goldsmiths College of London University and was ready for a change of scene. My painting when I first came to the US. was almost entirely abstract with an emphasis on geometry and growth patterns; a reaction no doubt to finding myself in an expansive and verdant country. Since then I have worked as a mural painter, depicting subjects ranging from land and seascapes based on Santorini in the Greek Islands, to a Tuscan landscape with life size portraits and tromp l'oeil, to a ceiling transformed to a ruined barn roof with blue herons flying overhead. I have murals in private homes and business centers in Michigan, New Jersey and Colorado, But it was a commission to paint a dressage arena with life size horses and riders that bought a lifelong appreciation of horses into the studio and gave me a new life and direction.

SB