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
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 ).