‘Sophie’ is a Giclée Print by contemporary artist Lucy Bryant. Printed onto 300gsm Xpression Smooth Paper, the print is from a limited edition of 10 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Lucy Bryant is a contemporary artist and graphic designer, whose work is influenced by Pop art and the Punk music scene. Responding to contemporary culture, Bryant’s art subverts the everyday and the banal, always striving to disrupt the ordinary and create something entirely new. Her recent series appropriates the classic, antiquated landscape painting: steering away from the iconic work of the masters, Bryant favours the unloved and the unknown, those over-worked pastiches of a Turner or a Constable, that fill the tables of junk shops.
Onto these, Bryant has added anachronistic motifs to create a jarring and unexpected end result. ‘Sophie’ depicts a classic, Renaissance painting of the virgin and child: sitting in a pastoral landscape, Mary’s intense blue dress falls in folds as she nurses her infant on her lap.
And of course, like all good children, little Jesus is preoccupied with a Sophie giraffe toy, which the Virgin Mary holds delicately in her hand. Who could expect divine good-nature without one?