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Chisenhale Gallery presents Judgement Day, Sophie von Hellermann’s first major exhibition in a UK public gallery.

For her exhibition at Chisenhale, von Hellermann will exhibit a new series of large-scale paintings. Made using water-based acrylic paint, her works have a fragile, fleeting and spontaneous appearance. They combine eclectic cultural, scientific and literary references in imaginary scenarios, so that personal and collective histories are made to intersect and collide.

Von Hellermann’s paintings comprise a compelling form of visual biography and autobiography, replete with fantasy, sentiment and desire. They present a generous array of arresting and memorable images that look both backwards and forwards in time. In her paintings von Hellermann restlessly explores various emotive locations and scenarios populated with intriguing characters and narrative fragments.

The paintings contain the residue of experiences undergone or fantasised, engaging viewers through the feelings, moods and sensations conveyed via von Hellermann’s light touch and vivid imagery.

There is an accompanying publication which contains 150 colour illustrations and essays by Clemens Krümmel, Andrew Renton, Emily Speers Mears and Anne Pontegnie – providing a broad overview of von Hellermann’s work over the past ten years.

Judgement Day is published by Koenig Books, London and has been generously supported by West LB Bank der neuen Antworten.

Sophie von Hellermann was born in Munich in 1975 and lives and works in London. She studied at Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf and the Royal College of Art, London.

She is a founding member of hobbypopMUSEUM, a collective of artists from Düsseldorf and London who specialise in site-specific installations – fantasised scenarios, images and sounds.

Sophie von Hellermann is represented by Vilma Gold, London and Greene Naftali, New York.

Selected Solo Exhibitions include: Judgement Day, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen; Greene Naftali, New York; On The Ground, Vilma Gold, London; Ghislaine Hussenot Gallery, Paris; Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles; Vacio 9, Madrid; Jablonka Linn Luhn, Cologne; Kunstverein Konstanz, Germany; Vusering Hites, Vilma Gold, London; Saatchi Gallery Presents Sophie von Hellermann, London. Selected Group Exhibitions include: Nouveaux commanditaires, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nancy; Clarke & McDevitt present, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin; Mothers, Oh! Art, London; Britannia Works, British Council, Athens; Dear Painter, paint me..., curated by Alison Gingeras, Pompidou Centre, Paris; Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam; Troublespot.Painting, curated by Luc Tuymans and Narcisse Tordoir; NICC and Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Belgium


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Sophie von Hellermann