SO­PHIE VON HELL ER MAN Meet the artist who’s mak­ing walls the new can­vas

One to watch: the whim­si­cal style of this painter’s work has moved from the can­vas to the wall

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With her ex­pres­sive, pas­tel-toned paint­ings usu­ally found lin­ing the walls of gal­leries,

Ger­many-born, Lon­don-based artist So­phie von Hellermann has moved into a more do­mes­tic space. She re­cently cre­ated a colos­sal, dream-like mu­ral for Ger­man art in­sti­tu­tion the Kun­stverein Han­nover as part of its ‘Stair­ways to Art’ pro­gramme, which sees dif­fer­ent artists take on the chal­leng­ing stair­well area. The Royal Col­lege of Art grad­u­ate ap­proached this 17-me­tre-high in­stal­la­tion in her sig­na­ture nar­ra­tive, painterly style, de­pict­ing the long his­tory of Han­nover from the ground up – The Ice Age in the base­ment, work­ing sky­ward through the cen­turies – us­ing spon­ta­neous, emo­tive brush­strokes. ‘My im­me­di­ate and di­rect way of paint­ing lends it­self to this kind of project,’ she tells us. ‘ With a lit­tle over a week to paint the piece, I worked very quickly and in­tu­itively.’ Could a cov­etable wallpaper range be on the cards? We can but hope (kun­stverein-han­nover.de; @so­phie von hell er mann ).

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