VIDEO: Sophie Ploeg talks about her Harley Gallery exhibition

The Harley Gallery, on the Welbeck estate in north Nottinghamshire, has invited award-winning artist Sophie Ploeg to make a new series of works, which has been inspired by the portraits currently on show in The Portland Collection gallery at Welbeck.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 8th December 2016, 10:29 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:32 pm

For Identity and Dress, running until January 8, Ploeg has clothed her contemporary sitters in historically inspired costumes to create highly detailed, luscious portraits.

She explains: “I like to use painted fabrics to point you to the past - our past - and show you a bit of the beauty of our history. Historical fashion and fabrics are tools to dive into a fantasy world with some very strong links to current modern taste and historical facts. I can pick and choose from the past and try to create images that are beautiful, a touch mysterious, recognisable or even contemporary.”

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Sophie Ploeg was the winner of the 2013 BP Portrait Travel Award. With the award she created a series of new paintings, which will be shown in addition to her new work for The Harley Gallery. See