About

Sophie La Maitre’s practice is centred in a deep fascination for the unremarkable and unnoticed. Her abstract paintings reflect an intense engagement with the surroundings of daily life and express her appreciation of quietude.

She finds inspiration in the overlooked elements of our world such as the unnoticed growth of a house plant, the disturbed sheets of a warm bed, or the weeds sprouting up in unexpected places. Even supermarket bouquets left to wilt are stored away in her archive of source materials, often in the form of small photographs and drawings. This material is then reflected through the colours, forms and compositions found in her intimate, beautifully toned and textured abstract paintings.

A graduate of Edith Cowan University with Honours, Sophie has exhibited regularly and been awarded for her work. She has also undertaken a number of residencies and had her work acquired by private collections across Australia.

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Selected projects and Exhbitions

2022

With no Discernible Pause, Art-work Studios with Aster and Asha Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD*
Mellow Thoughts, Ileana Contemporary, Brisbane, QLD


2021

Rhythms of Nature, Ileana Contemporary with Aster and Asha Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
At Home, Kolbusz Space, Perth, WA
Joondalup Community Art Awards, Lakeside Joondalup, Joondalup, WA
Claremont Art Awards & Exhibition, Town of Claremont, Claremont, WA
In Residence, Shopfront Gallery, Northbridge, WA

 

2020

Ellenbrook Swan Art Awards, Ellenbrook Arts Centre, Ellenbrook, WA


2019
Works in Progress, Another Project Space, Ashfield, WA
Womxn, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA

 

2018

Heathcote Select, Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Applecross, WA

2017

Mundane Matters: 6050, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA*
Between the Sheets, Gallery Central in conjunction with Gallery East, Perth, WA
Re(dis)covery, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA*
Borders and Transitions, James Street Light Lockers, Perth, WA
(+7046), Smart Casual, Fremantle, WA
Between The Sheets, Australian Galleries, Collingwood, VIC
Art Auction 2017: A Space Between, Paper Mountain, Northbridge, WA

 

2016

ArtsHum, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, WA
Printmakers Association of Western Australia Awards, Moores building, Fremantle, WA
Emerged Youth Art Awards, John Leckie Pavilion, Nedlands, WA

 

2015

Artists' Books and Zines Saved My Life!, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA
4.115, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, WA
(Un)Framed (Un)Limited, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, WA
Transit Lounge, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley WA

 

Residencies
Shopfront Gallery, North Metropolitan TAFE, WA - 2021
Curtin University SODA, Bentley, WA - 2020
Another Project Space, Ashfield, WA - 2019
Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA - 2017

Education
2017, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Visual Arts, Edith Cowan University
2015, Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts Immersion, Edith Cowan University


Awards
2021, Works on Paper award, Joondalup Community Art Awards
2017, PICA Hatched nomination, Edith Cowan University, WA
2015, Artsource Industry Award, Edith Cowan University, WA
2015, Technicians award, Edith Cowan University, WA
2015, PICA Hatched nomination, Edith Cowan University