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Artist Biography

1966

Sophie Gralton is a painter known for her signature imagery of contemporary child portraiture. Born in Sydney in 1966, Gralton worked as a textile designer before returning to the National Arts School Sydney to graduate in 1996 with a fine arts degree. The inspiration for her work arose when visiting an exhibition of Dutch 17th century portraits of children in Paris in 2007.

Their figures were portrayed as mini-adults, yet there were hidden layers of meaning encoded in certain symbols and gestures and the cool European palette. Gralton’s art lies in the quality of interaction between medium and meaning. The faces of the children in her works are obscured, as the intention is not conventional portraits, but rather fleeting impressions of youth and childhood memory. Gralton works from her studio in Sydney and has had numerous solo exhibitions.

2009 Recent Paintings, Salon Rouge, Kapunda, SA
2009 Recent Works, Murray Street Vineyards
2009 A Definite Likeness, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney Awards and Group Exhibitions
2008 Lostalgia, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2008 Art Brisbane 2008 New Works, Gallery Aloft, Sydney
2008 Nostalgia, Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra
2008 Misfits, Gallery Aloft, Sydney
2006 Tip Me Over Pour Me Out, Charles Hewitt, Sydney
2004 New Paintings, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2002 New paintings, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2002 Art & About Group Show, Finalist 2001 Objects of Desire, First Gallery, Sydney
2001 Creative Madness, Volvo Gallery, Sydney
2000 House Dress, Global Gallery, Sydney
2000 Dog Show, PCL Exhibitionists, Sydney
2000 NAS Conversion Course Group Exhibition, Global Gallery, Sydney
2000 Luggage not Baggage, PCL Exhibitionists, Sydney
2000 Underdressed, Canberra Contemporary Artspace
2000 Annual Women’s Day Exhibition, Tap Gallery, Sydney
2000 Precious Objects, 1st Gallery, Sydney
1999 Part of the Furniture, Open House Gallery, Sydney
1999 Fisher’s Ghost, Contemporary Section Finalist
1999 Portia Geach, S H Ervin Gallery, Finalist
1999 Power Exhibition, May Street Gallery, Sydney
1999 Alumination, Cell Block, NAS, Sydney
1998 Extremities, Open House Gallery, Sydney
1998 Bloom, Open House Gallery, Sydney
1996 Finalist NSW Travelling Art Scholarship, COFA
1995 Printmakers Exhibition, Cellblock Theatre
1994 Art House, Group exhibition, Sydney
1984 Art Express, Travelling Exhibition
1984 State Finalist, Australian & CBA Awards, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney