Private View on Wednesday 8 May 2019 6pm - 8:30pm
Eames Fine Art is delighted to present Refracting Light, an exhibition of new works by artist Sophie Layton. Using traditional Japanese printmaking techniques and inspired by blown glass, these works represent an exciting juncture in the artist’s career.
Layton’s pieces are created using the practice of mokuhanga, studied by the artist during a three-month printmaking residency at three different Japanese printmaking studios.
These works incorporate this unique artistic practice as well as the work of her fiancé, glass artist Tim Rawlinson. Layton says that mokuhanga, because of its gorgeous delicacy and translucence, is ideally suited to capturing the reflected, refracted, colourful, and complex light that filters through her fiancé’s work.
While studying and practising in Japan, Layton was also exposed to the Japanese art of flower arranging, Ikebana. This practice’s aesthetic of light, nature, colour, and architectural structure pervades the pages on which Layton prints.
Rebecca Eames, co-founder of Eames Fine Art, says: ‘Refracting Light offers the perfect opportunity to view the intriguing mokuhanga medium via the work of an established artist. Layton’s blending of Japanese aesthetics with Western abstraction has created an innovative body of works that we are thrilled to exhibit at the gallery.’
Artist profile :
Sophie completed her Foundation course at Camberwell School of Art in 2006, and her degree in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton in 2009. Two works from her degree show were selected for inclusion in the Aldrich Collection.
Since graduation her Her dynamic artworks have been exhibited internationally in such places as China, Italy and London. Her work has also been included at many major London fairs including The London Original Print Fair.
As the daughter of Peter Layton, one of Europe's pre-eminent glass blowers famous for his vibrant and intense colourful glass works, it is no surprise that Sophie's artworks are also extraordinary in the way they capture colour and the fluidity and ephemeral qualities of light.