Sophie O'Leary

Sophie O'Leary

London, United Kingdom

About Sophie O'Leary

Born in Hampshire in 1973 and based in London, Sophie has a distinctive abstract visual style which captures the spirit of a place. She works with in oils and acrylic with an intensely vivid palette and inventive mark-making. It is important to Sophie that she feels a strong connection to a place when painting it. Most recently she has been working on garden paintings and visiting Northern Ireland where she created a series of paintings based on the verdant landscape of her paternal family.
Later this year, she is invited to be artist in residence in Goa, India to immerse herself in different landscapes and create a new body of work to show in 2019.
Sophie has a background in Anthropology, Art and teaching. After spending many years working as a Governess in Europe and Moscow, she decided to concentrate fully on developing her artistic abilities. She studied at Fine Art Morley College and works from her studio in Clapham. She is currently a student of the Turps Art School correspondence programme.

Her work is in private collections in the UK and abroad.

She is currently showing at this year’s 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.


2017 - 2018 | Correspondence Course | Turps Art School, London
2015 - 2016 | Advanced Painting | Morley College, London
2014 - 2015 | Fine Art Foundation (Distinction) | Morley College, London
2001 - 2002 | PGCE Primary | Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
1994 - 1995 | ERASMUS | University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
1992 - 1995 | BA/MA Social Anthropology | Sussex University, Brighton, Uk


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018 - until August 19th
'Lunchtime' no.86 - Gallery 3.


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - Royal Academy of Arts - London UK
Salon Refuses - Candid Gallery - London, UK
Solo Show - Vinyl Deptford - London, UK
Flux Exhibition - Chelsea College of Arts - London, UK
FLUX Exhibition - Chelsea College of Arts - London, UK
Go Wild in the Country - Bruton Art Factory - Bruton, Somerset, UK
Millbank Atlas - Cookhouse Gallery - London, UK
Enter the Anthroposcene - Flaxon Ptootch Gallery -London, UK
Salon des Refuses - Space Gallery - London, UK
Exhibit Here - Menier Gallery - London, UK
More than Brushstrokes - Morley Gallery - London, UK
Signed for Syria - Protein Studios - London, UK
The Centre is a Vision of Endless Wowness -
Casa Obregon - Pradomar, Puerto Columbia
Art Foundation show - Morley Gallery - London, UK
Temporary Autonomous Artists - Crow’s Nest Gallery -London, UK