Sophie Teh is a painter who is interested in depicting familiar forms in unusual ways. In her paintings, recognisable objects and patterns are manipulated to explore how cultural conditioning and personal memories influence how we perceive and react to visual stimuli. Her work contains references from her earlier career in architecture and her South-East Asian Chinese culture.
As part of Teh's artistic investigation, she paints from her personal cultural memories. Having lived outside of Asia for almost 20 years, she draws from the ‘otherness’ of her Malaysian roots. Teh's work mines this cultural tension to generate work that challenges racial and cultural stereotypes.
The artist's work plays with both abstract and figurative themes. Neo-objects are employed to further push assumptions and the imagination. Forms and colours are used to invite interpretations and dialogues and they are meant to ignite associations and emotions in the viewer. Teh believes that we cognitively and perceptually mesh with painting, and that there is a mutual activation. The resulting experience of this is generative and pushes viewers towards an understanding of their experiences.
Teh was born in Ipoh, Malaysia and currently lives and works in Barcelona and London.
Born 1975, Ipoh, Malaysia
2019-2020 Turps Banana, Correspondence Course
2011 -2013 London Business School, MBA
2004-2005 The Bartlett, University College London. Architecture Part III
1996-2001 University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Bachelor of Architecture
2022 Mutuo Galeria, "Have You Eaten Yet?", Barcelona
2021 Smallest Gallery in Soho, Objects of Desire, London
2021. Bridge…48, Bridge for Art Edition II, Barcelona
2021. Cohort Art, In Absentia, virtual exhibition
2020 LITEHAUS Gallery (with Art Aviso), Door to Door, Berlin
2019 La Gloria Factoria de Arte, Freixas Free, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
2019 Slade School of Art, Progressing Painting, London
2010 RIBA, After Redundancy, London
2022 Exploring Cultural Memories, frikifish.com
2022 Sophie Teh, Contra Viento y Marea, exibart.es
2021 Artist interview, run-riot.com
2020 First Issue - 13 artists, Ever_Emerging_Mag
Collections and Commissions
Muzak I-VIII, Cronos Madrid, Commissioned 2020
Red, Black and White. Private collection, Berlin, Acquired 2019
David Bowie Lives In All of Us, Hotel 1882, Barcelona. Commissioned 2019
Pivot. Private collection, Paris. Acquired 2018
Girl With Frame. Private collection, Barcelona. Commissioned 2018
Zeus & Leda. Private collection, Barcelona. Commissioned 2018.
On The Bullet Train I-IV. Hotel 1882, Barcelona. Commissioned 2018