We're delighted to present to you this stunning exhibition of original prints by Sophie Layton.
This body of work has all been made since Sophie's last solo show with Eames Fine Art in 2019. With this collection, Sophie is working with the printmaking method she is best known for; the beautiful layering of hand-coloured monoprinting. She also integrates the technique of mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock printing), which Sophie learnt whilst at an artist's residency in Japan.
Sophie has really developed this technique to suit her work perfectly over the past two years and has explored new compositions based on Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) photographed through light projected through coloured glass. These new works push many of the ideas she was beginning to develop in last year's show even further, for example she is using the negative spaces to a sharper effect, allowing areas of the paper to remain unprinted. The contrasts in the work between textures, shapes and colour is particularly striking.
The exhibition is hung at the Eames Fine Art Print Room on Bermondsey Street. We hope to be able to open the gallery from the 1st of June, but if you would like to make an appointment to come and see the work privately, we are happy to make individual appointments for you.
Meanwhile, we have made a short film for you which gives you a tour of the new work and allows Sophie to introduce her work to you in her own words with an introduction by Vincent Eames. We hope you enjoy it.
Each artwork is a one-off monoprint, though as you can see, some of the works are made in a series. The works are all for sale, unframed, but if you would like to discuss framing options and prices, you can contact us at 0207 407 6561.
VIEW THE ARTWORKS ON DISPLAY IN THE EAMES FINE ART PRINT ROOM
'My work consists of monotypes that explore light, colour, shadow, and the potential for a rich, painterly quality in print. Members of my family are glass artists, and this has stimulated my artistic practice to be directly influenced by the effect of light on translucent, transparent, and opaque planes. Using hand-blown glass and cast glass objects, I show harsh light onto Ikebana scenes. The transparent, coloured and warped shaped glass objects act like psychedelic lenses, creating wonderfully prismatic effects that interplay with the flower arrangement. The flowers in turn generate fascinating and unexpected shadows. The photographs from these assembled scenes, become the foundations for my monoprints.'
'Lately, I'm becoming more and more excited about really pushing this idea, the idea of working with still life, working with reflections and shadows and I really want to develop this work further.'
'The next avenue I want to take these in, is creating depth. With a lot of of these works I'm projecting photos and I'm holding up chunks of glass to colour the light and to create abstract shapes - the next thing I'm keen to do is include that glass object with the plant and bring it into the picture frame.'
Setting up the ikebana arrangements