Made using water-based acrylic paint, Sophie von Hellermann’s works have a fragile, fleeting and spontaneous appearance. They combine eclectic cultural, scientific and literary references in imaginary scenarios, so that personal and collective histories are made to intersect and collide.
Von Hellermann’s paintings comprise a compelling form of visual biography and autobiography, replete with fantasy, sentiment and desire. They present a generous array of arresting and memorable images that look both backwards and forwards in time. In her paintings von Hellermann restlessly explores various emotive locations and scenarios populated with intriguing characters and narrative fragments.
The paintings contain the residue of experiences undergone or fantasised, engaging viewers through the feelings, moods and sensations conveyed via von Hellermann’s light touch and vivid imagery.
Sophie von Hellermann was born in Munich in 1975 and lives and works in London. She studied at Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf and the Royal College of Art, London. She is a founding member of hobbypopMUSEUM, a collective of artists from Düsseldorf and London who specialise in site-specific installations.