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Name: Sophie McKay Knight


My work has always been based on the human figure. I am inspired by the things that make up a whole person, and what/where their sense of self comes from. This means I incorporate many things into my paintings – I ‘collect’ images of people from everywhere; often remembering a scene I have witnessed, sometime responding to a fictional or historical character. I am interested in storytelling, everyday magic, memory and reflections.

As well as depicting the outside of the body, I am also interested in what happens inside the body & mind – the idea that genes and DNA partly make up who we are. In 2014 I received funding from Fife Contemporary Art & Crafts to produce a body of work called Molecular Self, exploring the link between art and science and the nature/nurture debate. I was supported in this research by the Chemistry Department at St Andrews University & the project has developed my practice to include other areas of metamorphosis, which I am now exploring.

I tend to utilise a mixed media approach, layering acrylic paint with screenprint, often finishing off with pastel and drawing materials.

I have worked as a professional artist since I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art & University in 1997; exhibiting regularly in solo and group shows throughout the UK.

Available Works from Sophie McKay Knight