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Sophie Charalambous, Artist

March 6, 2015
by the gentle author

Trinity Green Almshouses, Mile End

You only have until this Sunday 8th March to catch Sophie Charalambous‘ exhibition at Jessica Carlisle Gallery. I was captivated by the soulful melancholy beauty of Sophie’s paintings of London from the moment I saw them, so Contributing Photographer Sarah Ainslie & I went over to visit her yesterday at her studio in London Fields where she has been working in an old garment factory for the past fifteen years. While her faithful hound who sneaks his way into many of the paintings dozed on the sofa, Sophie showed us her sketchbooks and I recognised a kindred spirit in Sophie’s love of the Thames – a romance nurtured by regular visits to the foreshore at Wapping and finding expression in magnificent moody paintings.

House by the Thames at Bankside

Drovers in London Fields

Sophie Charalambous

Life, Still, Winter


Wapping Pierhead

On the Beach at Wapping Pierhead

Sketch for Wapping Pierhead, with raindrops

Warehouses in Wapping

Sketch for Trinity Green Almshouses, Whitechapel

Sophie Charalambous in her studio in London Fields

Paintings copyright © Sophie Charalambous

Photographs copyright © Sarah Ainslie

Sophie Charalambous’ exhibition is at Jessica Carlisle Gallery, 83 Kinnerton St, SW1X 8ED, until Sunday 8th March at 6pm

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21 Responses leave one →
  1. March 6, 2015

    Those are gorgeous paintings! Great paintings! Such a nice combination of landscape and portraits all rolled into one .

  2. Doreen Fletcher permalink
    March 6, 2015

    Very poetical and lyrical paintings evoking the melancholy of times past, a world of which only fragments remain.
    I also admire the technical competence, the composition and the tonality. This is an artist of whom I was not aware and whose work I shall explore further.

  3. March 6, 2015

    Just wonderful. I did’t know of Ms. Charalambous’ work, thank you for the introduction. (Wish I could make it over for the exhibition!)

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  5. Jill permalink
    March 6, 2015

    What a talented artist, a true heir to Ravilious, Bawden, et al.

  6. Linda Salter permalink
    March 6, 2015

    Lovely to see this local art and gentle posting. Hope arm in recovery.

  7. March 6, 2015

    Beauriful. Such atmosphere…

  8. Pauline Taylor permalink
    March 6, 2015

    On the beach at Wapping Pierhead. Perfect. What more can one say.

  9. March 6, 2015

    Wonderful paintings from Sophie, love how she paints, very atmospheric. Valerie

  10. March 6, 2015

    really enjoyed these unusual works.

  11. Linda M permalink
    March 6, 2015

    Wonderful paintings. What a treat!

  12. Elizabeth cornwell permalink
    March 6, 2015

    How lovely!The colours used are wonderful!

  13. Jose Cadaveira permalink
    March 6, 2015

    Beautiful work, I love them!

  14. March 6, 2015

    I love your unique atmospheric style.

  15. March 6, 2015

    Completely magical! Each one a world you could loose yourself in.

  16. Flora permalink
    March 6, 2015

    Thank you for showing these beautiful works.
    And thank you for this site. It is my favorite site on the whole web. I am sure I’m not alone in this feeling, and it was about time i said so. I do hope your arm is healing. Thank you for your hard work, TGA.

  17. March 6, 2015

    I love these paintings – especially Life, Still, Winter. So talented and so unusual. Thank you for bringing her work to a wider audience.

  18. Pam permalink
    March 7, 2015

    Her paintings are lovely. I would like to have every one! Thank you.

  19. March 7, 2015

    Sophie Charalambous is a really talented artist! Her paintings are beautiful and special.

  20. March 7, 2015

    Lovely work.

  21. Miriam permalink
    April 21, 2016

    I like your work a lot

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