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Sophie Macpherson

Sophie Macpherson

1957 - 2014

This is a holding page for Sophie Macpherson the artist.

The biography below is taken from her page at the Portland Gallery where she has shown for many years. Examples of her work can be seen there.


Sophie Macpherson was born in 1957. Daughter of a portrait artist, Macpherson has always found painting the most satisfying means of self-expression. Having completed her art foundation course at St Martin's, she attended Camberwell College of Art where she became inspired by the industrial landscape of London. 

Immediately after art school, Macpherson travelled extensively, visiting and painting scenes of New York, Pakistan and Chile. The practical ties of family life curtailed these trips and for many years she has concentrated on the landscape around her family home on the west coast of Scotland. Cornwall, Normandy and Italy have also stirred the artist's imagination. 

Macpherson's work is rooted in the English painting tradition of the 1920s and 1930s and is particularly reminiscent of paintings by Nash and Wadsworth of this period. She focuses largely on maritime scenes which are mostly executed in subdued colours. The current body of work covers diverse subject matter, ranging from Macpherson's native Scotland to the plains and coast of South Africa. 

Reflecting on her inspiration, the artist comments:

'I think first and foremost it is the 'spirit' of the place, the inorganic manmade object contrasting with the organic forms of land and sea - alfresco still life as it has been described.'
This is Sophie Macpherson's seventh exhibition with Portland Gallery. She has lately been invited by the Mary Rose Trust to take up anew appointment as artist in residence.

Sophie Macpherson lost her battle with Cancer in November 2014.

Solo Exhibitions Include:

1989 Richmond Gallery, London
1995 Portland Gallery, London
1997 Portland Gallery, London
1999 Portland Gallery, London
2000 Portland Gallery, Edinburgh Festival Exhibition
2003 Portland Gallery, London
2006 Portland Gallery, London
2009 Portland Gallery, London

Collections Include:

Charterhouse Bank
McKinsey & Co

Barclays Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland
Misys plc
Robert Fleming Holdings
The Bank of America Trust Co, Jersey