Sophie Wake is a contemporary British artist, known for her tender and intimate aesthetic. Her figurative work strips away layers of self-awareness to reach inward and capture the beauty of raw emotion.


Graduating from Brighton University, with a BA Hons in illustration, Sophie worked for over twenty years as a freelance illustrator, before moving towards a fine art practice that responds to her life as a practitioner of meditation and Buddhism.

Working from her studio in Brighton, Sophie favours oil on canvas or gouache on paper, adopting an intimately physical creative process.

Infused with a liminal quality, the paintings reflect on the intangible, revelling in small mysteries, while celebrating the pure joy of experiencing life in the present.


In 2017 Sophie was shortlisted for 3 Artists Open House Awards, winning Best Newcomer.

In 2018, Sophie’s painting HERD was selected for the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition, where it appeared in Grayson Perry’s Yellow Room.

In 2019 she won Best Artists Open House, Brighton, and was commended for the Sol Design ‘Creative Celebration’ award.


Bespoke prints are available, larger scale projects and collaborations welcomed.
Studio appointments are also available at request. Please feel free to get in touch with any queries or comments.

"..Painting for the joy of transcending the mundane into something which soars beyond words.."