Complimentary Cousins – Sophy Bristol and Lucy Erskine


Stormy Sea, Sussex. Oil on canvas, 50x40cm


“My Bedroom Window, Ida`s Valley.” oil on canvas

D Contemporary is very happy to present

Complimentary Cousins by Sophy Bristol and Lucy Erskine

25th May – 21st June 2018

About Sophy

Sophy is a London based artist  who explores the visually dramatic
effects of certain temporal and atmospheric conditions on otherwise
everyday scenes. As ever, in her beautifully crafted paintings light is
of predominant interest to Sophy in her work, she continues to favour
strong direct sunlight light as it throws the outline of every object
into relief.

About Lucy

Lucy’s work is a product of two cultures: the Cape and England. She spent much of her childhood in South Africa and takes her inspiration from it’s light, culture and landscape. For more than 20 years she worked in oils encouraged by her father’s landscapes. For the last 10 years she has worked at the Dove Studio in Butleigh with a group of print makers, her fused glass is a more recent development. Lucy’s paintings concentrate on landscapes while her etchings explore the relationship between animals, children playing and athletes. Some themes continue into her glass work; the Icicle series, global warming and more recently the Jurassic Coast. Lucy concentrates on traditional still lives and landscapes, working mainly outside. The varying light of the scenes give her the opportunity to explore it to the limit. Playing with shapes and textures she creates a vision that is both sensitive and intense.

About the show

The cousins had quite a different artistic education, with Lucy 
studying in Florence, then the Chelsea Art school and on to Byam Shaw. 
Sophy did a foundation course at Westminster University and a degree in 
Fine Art at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design.

The artist glue that 
held them together was Philip Erskine, Lucy’s father and Sophy’s Uncle, 
the renowned South Africa landscape artist.

Although born in the UK, Lucy was bought up in the Cape, South Africa. 
Her father who had painted all through his army career enrolled in Art 
School just as she started Chelsea. When returning home to the Cape, 
they would paint together, often up a purple mountain. He encouraged her 
to always look for strong composition and see the beauty of the Cape 
landscape. They also went on many painting trips, to Paris, Madrid and 
Kashmir. Then Lucy’s life began to be predominately in London and 
Somerset, while she continued to create her stunning work while juggling 
family life and a passion for painting.

After art school Sophy went to paint with her Uncle in South Africa, 
there she was also hugely influenced by the great passion he had for 
paint, energy, light and colour. He was hugely supportive and Sophy 
spent her twenties going from Africa to London. They painted together 
and even went to Zanzibar. It was with him Sophy found her artistic feet 
by painting everyday scenes highlighted by sunshine.

Both cousins have enjoyed successful careers. Lucy and Sophy are 
thrilled to be having their first joint show together at D Contemporary.