Sophie Ryder – ‘Miniatures’
Wetpaint Gallery is delighted to present ‘Miniatures’, an online exhibition of works by renowned British artist and sculptor Sophie Ryder. Sophie is much loved for her monumental bronze and wire sculptures of lady hares and minotaurs that stand majestically in National Parks and public places. ‘Miniatures’ features a series of tiny bronze sculptures, akin to her larger work yet small and intimate. Tender and self-aware, the hare’s body is based on Ryder’s own, imbuing it with a personal significance that transcends the limitations of the autobiographical.
Sophie’s world is one of mystical figures, animals and hybrid creatures. The minotaur and his lady hare companion have been a major source of inspiration for her over the years. Ryder's profound love of animals is also emphasized in her depictions of horses and dogs, constant companions in her life as well as her sculpture.
The child of a French mother and English father, Ryder was born in London and spent her summers in the south of France. Art was always her ambition and she enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools aged 18. Her work has followed a personal and organic trajectory, growing in ambition and scale along with her own technical ability. Her unique materials add a layer of intrigue, with twisted wire, wet plaster and sawdust joining old machine parts and bits of scavenged children's toys in exquisitely textured sculptures.
Ryder’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions since the late 1980s both in the UK and internationally. Venues include the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford; Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids; Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal; Newport City Museum & Art Gallery; Odapark, Venray, Netherlands; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Salisbury Cathedral; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Public and corporate collections that hold her work include Barings Bank; Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum; De Beers Collection; The National Trust;
Online exhibition at Wetpaint Gallery continues until 2 March 2019. Visit Wetpaint Gallery Online website/current exhibition page.