PRIVATE VIEW OF OH! BY SOPHIE WARD AT THE HOUSE OF VANS
Don't you just love discovering up and coming artists? Recently I was introduced to Sophie Ward, another cool South London mama like me who happens to also be a pretty bomb artist. We went for sushi where my daughter tried to pull me out of seat every 2 mins and said it was 'boring'. Luckily, Sophie was lovely and down to earth and knew exactly about the trials and tribs of being a working mum, spending her nights up until the early hours painting to finish this series. What a hustler! Sophie's work is bright, vivid and drenched in the influenced of LA sun and surreal-ness. Perfect for a pissing down night out in London then!
To get a bit of background on Sophie, she's previously had work featured in the pages of Elle UK, Harpers Bazaar, Dazed Digital and Nylon so she's pretty in demand.
Here's a blurb on the concept of OH!
When reading the Dr Seuss poem ‘Oh! The places you’ll go!” to her daughter one night, artist Sophie Ward was struck by how the simple and absurd children’s poem succinctly unlocked the secrets of happiness by acknowledging life is not always easy. It is, in fact “a great balancing act.”
Fascinated by the darkness and struggle impossible to escape when living, Sophie’s work explores the existential anxiety felt by women today – from the masks we employ, to finding acceptance within – by taking traditionally feminine, bubblegum aesthetics and reclaiming them in her unique style.
When Sophie asked if I wanted to come along to her opening night, of course I was happy to oblige! Babysitter booked, hubby and I took the eve as a chance to have a bit of a couples night with our friends Rebecca and Jovel too. Here are a few snaps...
I especially loved the sugar pink walls that Sophie had chosen to display her art on and the Alexandra Von Furstenburg inspired neon acrylic frames which suited her artwork so well.
House of Vans itself was also a pretty cool venue, combining a bar, concert area and skate park. The entrance was something like I could imagine Kanye having in his house! Pretty raw and futuristic. I really liked it.
After a couple of rum and gingers, a few funny selfies with the crew and a KFC on the way home (I know, I'm so bad) it was time to call it a night.