Sophie Bray’s artworks evince feelings of immersion and the connectedness one senses by the sea. Her evolving painting and drawing practice reflects upon the beauty and fragility of the natural environment. She explores the physicality of water, wind and salient currents, which create the shifting tides and atmospheres over the tense and captivating point between land, sea and sky.
Bray is a contemporary Australian artist who lives and works in Sydney. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (HONS1) and Masters of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, as well as a Masters of Teaching at the University of Sydney. She was a recipient of the University of New South Wales Honours Scholarship, The Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, The Australian Postgraduate Award (2008-2010), The Toyota Emerging Artist Encouragement Award and the William Fletcher Foundation Scholarship for drawing. From 2004, Bray has held solo and group exhibitions. In 2008 her work was acquired by the Morton Bay Art Collection, as part of the ‘15 Artists Award’ at the Redcliffe City Art Gallery in Queensland. In 2015 Bray’s work was published in a book of international contemporary artists, Super Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work. In early 2016 Bray had a solo exhibition at the Moran Gallery. This exhibition entitled Umbra, included 33 paintings and drawings and enabled her to engage and work with the local community.