Sophie Nixon was born in Knutsford in 1972
and graduated in 1995 with a BA Honours in Fine Art from the
University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Now living in Sale, Sophie
has a studio at Bankley Mills in Levenshulme.
Her work is influenced by time spent in city
and landscapes. Currently she is focussing on depicting memories
of her time spent in Manchester City Centre where she has spent
more than ten years living, working and socialising.
Sophie is inspired by the works of Edward
Hopper and the early city scenes as well as the later abstract
works of Rothko.
Her use of mixed media on paper offers her
the opportunity to depict quite abstract view of city nightscenes
and her oil on canvas works are vivid representations of the
buildings and people that form her city scapes.
The different medium feed each other and
give her work an energy and feel of the view. She says:
“Working in these two very different
mediums offers me two very different ways of making my art,
the mixed media work are produced quickly and as the media
dry they meld and create their own picture, nothing is forced
in these pictures and the end result is fluid and spontaneous.
My oil paintings take longer as I
layer the paint and this gives me the opportunity to focus
on the relationships of the people in the work, why are they
there, where are they going, and the beauty of the play of
light on the scene.”
Sophie has recently exhibited in the “Region”
exhibition run by New Balance Footwear and has work showing
in various galleries around Manchester City Centre and South
If you are, or know of any local
artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
or based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.