Sophie Barber - Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction London Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | Phillips
  • Sophie Barber is a British painter who often reproduces images of celebrity culture, art history or birds gleaned from magazines and books. Her works delight in the physicality of paint and canvas; created using thick oil paint applied directly to canvas, her work often have a sculptural quality as they occupy physical space.

    In Thieviry and songs by gernot wieland, Barber reproduces a review of artist Gernot Wieland’s film Thievery and Songs published in ArtReview. Barber often reproduces articles published by art magazines, choosing them because of the visuals and her desire to understand why certain images stick with us. She is attracted to the sculptural quality of things, and in this instance was attracted to Wieland’s animal puppets. The size of a beach pebble, this work is typical of Barber’s miniature paintings, in which she repurposes fragments of old canvases, tightly wrapping them into chunky shapes to create new supports for painting. 

    Sophie Barber (b. 1996, St Leonards-On-Sea) is a graduate from the University of Brighton’s BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice at Sussex Coast College, Hastings, 2014-2017 and was awarded the CVAN South East Platform Graduate Award in 2017. Barber has had solo shows at Alison Jacques, London (2021), Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles (2021), Goldsmiths CCA, London (2020), and Project 78 Gallery, St Leonards-on-Sea (2018). Her work has been included in group shows at La Maison de Rendez-vous, Brussels (2020); Flatland Projects, Hastings (2019); Phoenix Art Space, Brighton (2019); Niagara Falls Projects, Brighton (2019); Towner Gallery, Eastbourne (2018); and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2017). Barber is represented by Alison Jacques. 

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    • Provenance

      Donated by the artist and Alison Jacques, London


Thieviry and songs by gernot wieland

oil on canvas
11 x 7 x 4.5 cm (4 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2020.

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£2,000 - 3,000 


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