Sophia Pauley

Sophia Pauley
Painting – BA (Hons) // Edinburgh College of Art

‘I focus on the spaces in between the physical forms of the urban landscape, using a bright contrasting palette to accentuate the flowing shapes. The shapes, lines and composition of my work stem from architectural environments associated with water, especially swimming pools, lakes and the sea. My practice was inspired initially by my love of swimming. I recreate my experiences of particular places by recording, using drawing and photography, then remembering and re-imagining, both visually and emotionally. I aim to transfer these experiences into a more interactive environment for the viewer, initiating movement around the exhibited work as well within. More recently I have enjoyed using a wider range of materials, including glosses, varnishes and spray paints to create different textures and to insinuate movement. My finished work uses the media of painting on canvas or wood, screen printing and painted sculptural installations’.


Spatial Tension

Acrylic on canvas
Pair of 2 canvases, 90 x 120 cm each


Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
3 canvases, 21 x 30 cm each
£290 each (framed), £270 (unframed)


Year 2 Painting Show, Edinburgh College of Art.

Too Much Too Soon, end of 2nd year show, Edinburgh College of Art.

Genius Loci: The Texture of Longing, ESAF, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh.
Astaire Prize Shortlisting, Edinburgh College of Art.
Liminal Spaces, group show, Edinburgh College of Art.
Second, group show, Dublin Street, Edinburgh.
Running up that Hill, St. Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.
Imago Mundi Project, Scotland/Milan. Online catalogue.
Summer Flat Show, group exhibition with ECA painters, West Nicholson St., Edinburgh.
Build Up, group exhibition with ECA painters, Gallery 23, Edinburgh.

Hot and Busted, group fundraiser exhibition of graduating students, Edinburgh College of Art.
The Salon, members show, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
ECA Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art.
Best of Scottish Art School Graduates 2018 Show, Art Pistol, Glasgow.
The Art Of The Party, Art Basel, 1 Hotel South Beach, Miami, USA.

Encounter in collaboration with Nancy Nightingale, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh.
Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, Fife.
Little Originals, Group exhibition, Dock Street Studios, Dundee.
SSA/VAS OPEN, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
Utopia – What’s Yours, SSA exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre & Kirkcudbright Galleries, Dumfries & Galloway.


Winner of the Jane Coffin Art Cup

Shortlisted for the Astaire Prize

Commended entry – ECA Supersize Image Competition
Shortlisted for the Astaire Prize
Winner of the Pittenweem Bursary Award
Winner of the ACS Studio Residency Award

Other Experience


Aesthetica Magazine January Issue
ArtMag June/July for Pittenweem Arts Festival
Voyage Magazine ‘Local Stories’
Saatchi Art ‘Invest In Art’ report

Peripheral Arteries Magazine Art Review Biennial Edition
The Smart Leisure Guide review of ‘Encounter’
Opulence Magazine Autumn Issue
ACS Student Spotlight interview

SSA/VAS OPEN, Royal Scottish Academy Review: The Scotsman

Public Commission

Granite House wall mural, Stockwell Street, Glasgow.