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© SOPHIE RYDER LTD

Sophie Ryder was born in London, England, in 1963.

Sophie studied combined arts at the Royal academy of arts 1981-84, where, while obtaining her diploma in painting, she was encouraged by Sir Hugh Casson, the then director of the Royal Academy, to develop her sculpture.

Ryder's world is one of mystical creatures, animals and hybrid beings made from sawdust, wet plaster, old machine parts and toys, weld joins and angle grinders, wire, torn scraps of paper and charcoal sticks.

Sophie famously developed the Lady Hare as a counterpart to Ancient Greek mythology's Minotaur.
Working 'big' is a very significant feature of Sophie's work, and she enjoys rising to the constructional and creative challenges which flows from this aspiration.


Many of the people who meet the artist have to hide their astonishment when they confront reality, for Sophie, unlike the perception of her being a six-foot Amazonian woman with huge biceps, is five foot three, slender, softly spoken, slightly dreamy, given that she is always thinking about her work, and future works in progress, and wears her hair in long curly tresses. She is altogether more reminiscent of a Pre-Raphaelite muse than a prolific builder of potent images. Looks do deceive, of course, and in her case the evidence of her hard profession is born on the tips of her fingers. These have become so abraded by the materials she uses that she has virtually lost the capacity to make fingerprints. Commitment is all, and one sees the same quality applied to everything else that she does in running the daily life within her household. The only way she can maintain a healthy balance is to have a very disciplined approach to her work, and to work only with those who deliver an equivalent level of commitment. However, Sophie is not a prima donna, as anyone hearing her infectious laughter is bound to appreciate. Much of her work expresses her desire to preserve her own 'joie de vivre' at all costs, reawakening ours in the process.

SOPHIE RYDER - THE ARTIST

Biography

1963 Born, London
1981–84 Royal Academy Schools, London

Solo Exhibitions

1987

Edward Totah Gallery, London

Salisbury CathedralCourcoux & Courcoux Gallery, Salisbury

1988

St Paul’s Gallery, LeedsCourcoux & Courcoux Gallery, Salisbury

1989

Henley FestivalBerkeley Square Gallery, London

1990

Newport City Museum and Art Gallery, Newport, Gwent Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery, Salisbury

1991

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

1992

Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery. Salisbury

1994

​Winchester Cathedral
Red House Museum & Gardens, Christchurch, Dorset

1995

Berkeley Square Gallery, London

 

 

1996

Belloc Lowndes Gallery, Chicago

1997

O’Hara Gallery, NewYork
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and town centre

Berkeley Square Gallery, London

1998

Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery, Salisbury

1999

Victoria Art Gallery and city centre, Bath

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford

Berkeley Square Gallery, London

2000

Odapark,Venray, Holland
Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery, Salisbury

Buschlen Mowatt Galleries,Vancouver, Canada

2001

Galeri de Bellefeuille, Quebec, Canada

Berkeley Square Gallery, London

2002

Metropole Galleries, Folkestone, Kent

Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery, Salisbury

Pierrepont Flne Art, Oxford

2003

Berkeley Square Gallery, London

2004

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, California, USA

Storey Gallery and Lancaster town centre

2005

Canary Wharf, London

2006

Atkinson Gallery, Mill eld School, Somerset

2007

Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, California, USA
Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, USA

2008

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

 

2009

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath


2010

Aynhoe Park, Bedfordshire


2011

Cartwright Hall, Bradford

2013

Celia Lendis Contemporary Art Gallery, Moreton-in-the-Marsh

Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, California, USA
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2014

Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery, Salisbury

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester

2015

Kloster Eberbach, Germany, during the Blickacksen exhibition

2016

Salisbury Cathedral and select locations around Salisbury town centre

Hignell Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

1984

Christie’s Inaugural Pick of the Graduates Interim Art, London

 

1985

Gallery 24, London

Henley Festival

1986

Yorkshire Sculpture Park,Wakefield Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Photographers Gallery, London

1987

Louise Hallet Gallery, London

1988

Plymouth City Museum

Glasgow Garden Festival

Cleveland Gallery, Middlesborough

Berkeley Square Gallery, London

Chilford Hall Press, Cambridge

Oxford Gallery, Oxford

1990

Glasgow Print Studio

 

1991

Hannah Peschar Gallery, Surrey 

 

1992

Art at Milton Keynes Mill eld School, Somerset

Bruton Street Gallery, London

Arhus Festival, Denmark

Bruton Gallery, Bath

Plyrnouth City Museum

Mail Galleries, London

 

1993

Oxford Gallery, Oxford

Art in the City, London

Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk

Kilkenny Ar ts Week, Eire

 

1994

The Allen Gallery, Alton, Hampshire

Berkeley Square Gallery, London

Sculpture at Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex

Artbus, Fife

 

1996

Chelsea Harbour, London

1997

Manchester Academy

Wimpole Hall, Cambridge

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Sotheby’s, London

 

1998

Vancouver Sculpture Festival

1999

Shape of the Century, Salisbury and Canary Wharf, London

Den Haag Sculptuur, The Hague, Holland

 

2000

Veranneman Foundation, Belgium

 

2001

Kirkland International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Washington, USA

Eigsé, Carlow Arts Festival, Eire

Den Haag Sculptuur, The Hague, Holland

2003

Newbury Spring Festival

 

2004

Sculpture in the Park, Aykley Heads, Durham

2005

Vancouver Biennale,Vancouver, Canada

Solomon Gallery, Dublin

2006

Royal Hibernian Gallery, Dublin

2007

Blickachsen 6, Bad Homburg, Frankfurt, Germany

Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, Canada

2009

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, Canada

2011

Aynhoe Park, Bedfordshire
Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, Canada

2013

Wetpaint Gallery, Cirencester

Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Fransisco

2015

Lemon Street Gallery,Truro

Blickacksen, Bad Homburg, Germany

2016

Hignell Gallery, London

Public and corporate collections

Ballantrae Park, Dublin, Ohio, USA
Barings Bank
BOC Group
Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville,Tennessee, USA Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

Cheltenham Borough Council Conoco Ltd
De Beers Collection Folkestone Town

Frensham Heights School
Gerrard & National Bank
National Trust
New Hall College, Cambridge Newport City Museum & Art Gallery OHSU Foundation

Private Bank andTrust Company Ltd
Robert and Mary Montgomery Armory Arts Center, Palm Beach, Florida, USA Seven Bridges Sculpture Park, Connecticut, USA
Tyne and Wear Development Corporation
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 

Artist in residence

1986

Yorkshire Sculpture Park,Wakefield

Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

1987

Salisbury Cathedral

1988

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

1993

Kilkenny, Eire

1996

Boulogne, France

1997

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Cleeve School, Cheltenham

Cheekwood Sculpture Park, Nashville,Tennessee

2000

Vancouver Sculpture Festival

2003

Newbury Spring Festival

Art fairs

Zurich: 1986

Bath: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991

Business Design Centre, London: 1988, 1989, 1991 – 2001

Olympia, London: 1989, 1990

Art Miami, USA (with Berkeley Square Gallery): 1994–2001

20th / 21st Century British Art Fair, London (with Berkeley Square Gallery): 1994–2001

Miami Basel Art Fair, Florida, USA: 1994–2013, 2016


Art International NewYork, USA (with Berkeley Square Gallery): 1998


Art Palm Beach, USA (with Berkeley Square Gallery): 1999–2001


Salon de Mars, Geneva, Switzerland (with Berkeley Square Gallery): 2001

 

20th Century Art Fair, NewYork, USA (with Berkeley Square Gallery): 2003

The Armory Show, New York, USA: 2013


The Hamptons Art Fair, NewYork, USA: 2013


London Art Fair: 2016

Lectures and teaching

Shefield Art College
Loughborough Polytechnic
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Cheshire Art Teachers Conference
Staffordshire Art Teachers Conference
Jesus College, University of Cambridge
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Kirkland International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition,Washington USA Mary Hare School, Newbury
Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, USA Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan, USA
Keynote Speaker, International Sculpture Conference, Chicago, USA Cartwright Hall, Bradford
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Prizes

Discerning Eye 1992 at the Mall Galleries:Art Newspaper Award for best sculpture in show