Award-winning artist Sophie’s work is at Harley Gallery

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This winter new exhibitions will open at Welbeck’s Harley Gallery, exploring how artists capture the personality of their sitters using more than just a pretty face.

Among these exhibitions, The Harley Gallery has invited award-winning artist Sophie Ploeg to make a new series of works, which has been inspired by the portraits currently on show in The Portland Collection gallery at Welbeck.

For Identity and Dress (October 29-January 8), Ploeg has clothed her contemporary sitters in historically inspired costumes to create highly detailed, luscious portraits.

She explains: “I like to use painted fabrics to point you to the past - our past - and show you a bit of the beauty of our history. “

Sophie added:

“Historical fashion and fabrics are tools to dive into a fantasy world with some very strong links to current modern taste and historical facts. I can pick and choose from the past and try to create images that are beautiful, a touch mysterious, recognisable or even contemporary.”