Sophia Persephone Ambrose


21–26 November 2022

PV 22 November 2022, 18.30–20.30 pm


Sophia Ambrose THE RED SUIT. 2022 Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm

I have named this exhibition ‘Twenty Twenty Two’ because this has been a significant and pivotal year in my painting career.  In March 2022 I left behind everything I had built in the UK to embark on a new life as a full-time artist in Spain.  This was the first time I had been able to focus on nothing but my art, to the exclusion of everything else.  My decision to do so was spurred by a spiritual awakening which occurred in 2020 and 2021.

During the eight months between my move to Spain and this exhibition, I permitted myself to paint whatever I wanted, however, I wanted.  I knew that I needed to discover who I was as an artist. This show represents that journey and features landscapes, abstracts, and portraits in oils and acrylics.  It is now clear to me that I am predominantly a portrait painter who prefers to work in oils at large-scale, with an obsessional focus on colour and composition. ‘Twenty Twenty Two’ features 28 paintings in total, of which 16 are portraits.

‘Twenty Twenty Two’ is an eclectic show which allows the viewer to witness this voyage of artistic self-discovery which I am excited to share with you.  I hope talking about my experience will encourage others to pursue their creative dreams.

Sophia Ambrose. ROSES. 2022. Oil on linen. 50 x 40 cm

Artist Biography

Sophia Persephone Ambrose is best known for her colourful, contemporary portraits, usually focused on female subjects.

Working predominantly in oils, a fierce love of colour drives her work, and she approaches each new piece as a fresh opportunity to explore this fascinating subject.

All of Sophia’s paintings are underpinned by a strong instinct for composition which frequently results in striking, statement pieces.  She prefers to work large scale.

Born in London in 1971, her parents discouraged her from following an art career. She spent twenty-five years in the corporate world, not once lifting a brush in that time.

It was only during a spiritual awakening which took place before, during, and after the Covid pandemic lockdowns that she fully understood she was meant to be a painter.

In early 2022 she sold everything she owned, left her consulting career, and moved to Spain to immerse herself in her art.  Her exhibition ‘Twenty Twenty Two’ to be held at The Gallery at Green & Stone, Chelsea in November 2022 is her first solo show. She has been invited to show her portraits at The Brick Lane Gallery in London in 2023 and will also be represented by a new portrait gallery soon to open in the heart of Brussels.