Sophie Keith is multimedia artist whose work is primarily based in painting. Their practice currently concerns itself with the notion of utopias, and works with the idea of creating abstract, impossible places within their paintings, often based on segments of photographs that they have taken.

The subject of the photographs used for Keith’s paintings are frequently found in nature, the home, and architecture, and the imagery from their paintings is built via a framework of references — a catalogue of images that they can refer back to, creating paintings made up from several sites. The works deals with how architectural forms interact with nature and how this can be abstracted and diffused through technology. As well as painting, their practice involves a myriad of mediums, such as design, video, performance, sculpture, printmaking, poetry, photography and collage.

CV

Exhibitions

2023
Now That’s What I Call Art 2, Newcastle Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne

2022
Shieldfield Home, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne

2021
Now That’s What I Call Art, Newcastle Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
TIGHT, The Old Coal Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne

2017
I Remember Most What Never Happened, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Slowing into form, Vane Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

2016
Living Room, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
You Know the Rules, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne

2015
Northumbria Degree Show, Newcastle upon Tyne
Ctrl, Alt, Space, Hoult’s Yard, Newcastle

2014
Congested, Hoult’s Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne
Candy Vortex, D&P, Newcastle upon Tyne

Performance

2017
Eat Your Greens, BALTIC 39, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Halfway Homes, Twilight Zones, Catacombs, BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sausage Flavoured Love Dream, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

2016
Northern Explorers, with Elizabeth Black, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

​Workshops

2017
Film Club: But I’m a Cheerleader, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden


Publications

2017
Polyester Zine

Awards & education

The Collective Studio, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2021 – 2022)
Master of Fine Art, BxNU Institute (BALTIC x Northumbria University) (2015 -2017)
BALTIC Scholarship (2015)
BA (Hons.) Fine Art Northumbria University (2011 – 2015)

Skills & Experience

  • Documentation: photography
  • Graphic design
  • Technical: photographic / moving image
  • Technique tuition: painting
  • Working with schools (primary)
  • Working with schools (secondary)
  • Workshsops (adult)
  • Workshops (family / general)
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