Meet Scottish abstract artist Sophia Burns



Scottish artist Sophia Burns knew from a young age she wanted to be an artist. Her recent work depicts dream-like visions of shapes, architecture and landscapes in space. As her abstract paintings come to ACHICA, we sit down with Sophia to find out more about her work, her inspiration and ask her which artists rock her world... 

How did you get started as an artist?

When I was 17 years old I watched the film 'Camille Claudel' and I just felt art was my calling. It was then that I decided to go to art school in Aix-en-Provence, and when I set up my first show at 24, it all felt right so I knew I was doing the right thing.

Who or what inspires you?

Beauty, nature, sounds, space, silence, creatures and love.

What are you working on at the moment?

Large scale paintings of women in space and digital work on the same subject for future projections of my drawings with sound.

Favourite artists?

Some artists that have really rocked my world include Stanley Kubrick, Bach, Archie Shepp, Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Nicolas de Stael, Eva Hesse & Bill Viola. At the moment Gustav Klimt for his use of colours and his depiction of women, Peter Doig & Gerhard Richter for the impact of their large scale paintings, and Japanese illustrators such as Al Shinohara. 

Last thing you bought for your home? A drawing of a tree by fellow artist Tansy Lee Moir. It's hanging in our living room.

Describe your home...

Very colourful with found and treasured objects, paintings and drawings everywhere on every wall and in every room.

Best advice for someone who is considering buying a piece of art? Listen to your heart.

Most treasured possession? A Mexican ceramic of a kneeling Indian lady carrying a fish.

What is on your most-wanted list? A larger easel and the best Wacom bamboo pen.

If you weren’t an artist what do you think you’d be doing?

Exploring the North & South poles or the galaxy.

Best dish you’ve had?

A wild hare prepared on a log fire by my uncle in the south of France.

What do you collect? Nothing and everything.

What can you not get through the day without? A kiss from the man of my life.

Favourite holiday destination? Cadaques (Spain) during the early spring or late autumn....inspiring.

How do you like to relax?

With friends by the lake Salagou in the south of France or in the north of Scotland by Loch Ness.

Highlight of your career so far?

Working with French poet Julien Blaine for 3 years.

Who would you like to create a piece of art for?

It would be Philip Glass whose pieces have inspired me through the years.

Your biggest vice?

Dairy Milk since I've been living in Scotland.

What is your favourite TV show at the moment?

Parks and Recreation with the wonderful Amy Poehler.

What advice would you give a budding artist?

Art is Freedom.

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Keya Modessa, ACHICA Features Writer

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