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Sophia Rose Byrne
Artist/
Digital Artist

Sophia Rose Byrne

Digital Artist

Bio

Despite her modest educational background, Sophia Rose Bryne relies on her innate artis-tic intuition to guide her creations. Her affinity for photography is evident, particularly through her phone, though she prefers learning by watching instructional videos, a meth-od that resonates well with her comprehension style. Interestingly, her creativity also ex-tends to emulating the works of other artists when circumstances prevent her from cap-turing landscapes firsthand. Personal losses have left an emotional imprint, and her heart-felt tribute to a departed friend reflects the depth of her emotions. Unaccustomed to crafting concise bios, she opts to express her essence through enclosed poetry, which she finds more familiar and engaging. Born in Great Britain, her formative years were col-ored by a decade spent in Iran. The vivid azure and turquoise hues of the country, adorned with intricate carpets and ornate silverware, left an indelible mark on her memory. Her linguistic journey commenced during this time, with Farsi and French be-coming prominent languages before returning to her birthplace. A streak of defiance characterized her schooling years, leading her to explore her independence early on. Sharing a home with kindred spirits provided a space for growth and curiosity. The pro-spect of higher education in the arts was thwarted by institutional constraints, leading her through diverse work experiences, from a chambermaid to a role in the printing industry. Navigating relationships with older partners during her youthful exploration also brought encounters with alcohol and drugs. A turning point came when she recognized the under-lying pattern of these experiences as a form of assault, prompting introspection and an eventual journey toward healing. Mental health struggles saw her traverse psychiatric care, where art emerged as her lifeline. Engaging in art classes and commercial work ig-nited her passion, but it experienced ebbs and flows over time. The birth of her daughter reignited her artistic spark, and she gradually found her way back to canvas painting. A partnership with the Single Homeless Project rejuvenated her artistic fervor, resulting in a diverse collection across various mediums. Establishing her own company, she ambitiously sells her creations, even venturing into the realm of NFTs, although financial limitations present challenges. Her artistic odyssey culminated in a significant endeavor, fusing digi-tally rendered portraits of marginalized individuals with evocative poetry in a poignant book titled 'The Beggar's Banquet.' Navigating the complexities of online presence, she remains optimistic that her genuine admirers will prevail over the opportunistic scammers, fueling her aspiration for recognition and success.

Statement
“I aim to achieve status in my chosen field of art and poetry. I have set myself a goal of becom-ing known for those chosen fields. I am in the process of publishing a book of digitally painted portraits and poems written about the people I portray and myself included. You could say that I have been down and out for some years since giving birth to my daughter Jade. I have been lost in the wilderness. I have been a street working girl, something I am not proud of. I’ve had to beg on the street and make a living from selling myself. But the last few years I have been en-grossed in producing images and I have devoted myself to this undertaking. I am more proud of myself and people around me have given me hope. My book tells this story. I have evolved and I am now becoming my own. The main objective in my work is colour. Often I won’t mix my own colours but use them straight from the tube. I like bold flash colours, and use fluorescent or me-tallic colours in my paintings. In my digital works too I like bright colours. This creates a magical intensity to my work. I use photography in my work. I have exhibited work in London on several occasions, and have exhibited in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and New York this year. I am also exhibiting in Paros Greece, this 11th august 2023. I enjoy what I do. It's a part of my soul that needs to breathe and it’s often very exciting to work. What I do need is investment in my busi-ness as I have very little funds of my own. I work from a website https://beggarsbanquet.company.site and I sell my work from there. I’ve been working as an art-ist for the past three years and selling my work to friends and family and acquaintances ever since. I have not sold as much as I would like. I find the NFT market is littered with scammers and I have lost around £2500 to these scams. It’s a shame that I am targeted by these people and I don’t know why me. New York Time Square will be my 8th exhibition to date and I am very proud to be exhibiting there. I hope to continue working to my dying day which is a good length of time hopefully. My health is not too good, I may be suffering with a condition called cerebellar ataxia, which causes an imbalance in my walking and standing. I fall over a lot and walk with a stick, or should do, but often I forget to use one. I also suffer with tardive dyskinesia from side effects from my medication, an injection I have to have once a week for my condition which is called schizo-affective disorder. From portraiture I have recently taken to painting land-scapes. This is something I have done very little of in the past and is a new and exciting way to create. I hope to do more landscapes in the coming future. I still enjoy portraiture and I have re-cently been focusing on celebrity portraits of Mick Jagger and Marylin Monroe. I’m not highly educated or very experienced but I continue to teach myself new techniques by watching videos on you tube and pinterest and instagram. I hope I can impress my audience and I hope whoever reads this gets an idea of who I am and what I am trying to achieve. God bless”

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