Sophie Nixon graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne before returning to Manchester and commencing a career in recruitment. In 2004, she returned to her first love of painting and has been building her career in art ever since. Having worked out of Bankley Art Studios in Levenshulme for seven years she has recently built a studio in her garden.
Her paintings are inspired by her life, the conflict between her busy career and social life in Manchester and the slower pace of the time she gets to paint and travel around Italy where her father now lives and across Europe. These two sides to her are played out in the dramatically different styles of painting; vivid representations of the buildings and people that form her city scapes, capturing the essence of the sulphur lights and blurred visions of a Manchester night to the sublimely calm, bright sunlight casting shadows on a lone building or figure. Whichever scene Sophie is painting she is always drawn to a particular person or event.
Whilst drawing on life and her circumstance, Sophie is also inspired by other painters, primarily the works of Hopper, Lowry and Rothko and has been more recently introduced to the work of Jock McFadyen and Ben McLaughlin.
Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at Arison's Gallery in Chorlton, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, The Augenweide Gallery in Muenster, The White Gallery in Bollington, Novus Art Gallery in Didsbury, Bankley Open Studios Levenshulme, The Chorlton Arts Festival and Sale Waterside Open.