Quickfire chimp helps Sophie reach art final

January 31 2020
Quickfire chimp helps Sophie reach art final

A Knowle artist, known for her exuberant animal portraits, is set to headline a popular Bristol art tournament this month after being crowned winner at a city-wide battle at the end of last year.

Sophie Long – whose murals have been showcased at events such as Upfest – took away the coveted Golden Brush trophy at November’s Art Battle Bristol at the Trinity Centre, brushing off fierce competition with two stunning portraits in front of a 300-strong audience.

Her final piece was a painting of chimp which she completed in just 20 minutes and reflects her environmental focus on our draining relationship with animals.

The victory also earned Sophie a spot in the regional final on March 26 at the Anson Rooms in Bristol. If successful, she will qualify for the national final in August with a chance to go on to the international final in Tokyo in November.

Sophie said: “I didn’t come to Art Battle thinking I had a chance of winning, I was just here to take part in something I know to be really fun with a whole bunch of talented artists, at no point in the run up to painting did I believe I would get to take home the trophy.

“I am really looking forward to coming back to Art Battle on February 6 in a less stressful environment and get to paint with no time constraints, and more so I am looking forward to taking part again in March for the regional finals, I think I’ll need to do a spot of meditation beforehand to calm my nerves.”

Sophie will be headlining at Art Battle Bristol on February 6 at The Fleece, 7-11pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets, search ‘Art Battle Bristol – 6 February, 2020’ on Facebook.