In Conversation With: SophieTea Art

We've teamed up with SophieTea Art to discuss all things her career, inspiration, goals and how she became the lady boss she did.

 

How did you get into what you do?

I graduated from business school and I went travelling to India to ‘find myself’ before I was due to start a full-time role as an analytical consultant in London.  I was running out of money whilst in Jaipur, India, and I was staying at a hostel that has loads of graffiti on the wall. I asked the manager if I could paint a mural in exchange for a free stay. Having not painted since I was at school I had no idea how happy it would make me, and also how good I was going to be. I painted a multi-coloured Cow, when I finished i just KNEW that I needed to pursue a creative career. 

 

Explain your work in no more than 100 words…

I am a contemporary abstract artist. I would describe my work as bold, expressive and spontaneous. Striking colour combinations, I believe, is my most recognisable artistic trait. 

 

What is the inspiration behind your work?

I am inspired heavily by travel and nature. I spend a lot of time on aeroplanes and I love to take photographs of the aerial views whilst in flight. I bring the images back to my studio and use them as a foundation to create my abstract work. 

 

Name some people that inspire you?

I’m inspired heavily by my best friend and fellow business owner Jenna Meek who owns The Gypsy Shrine. We started our entrepreneurial journey at the same time and we are constantly collaborating and learning from each other. I am inspired by people who take risks and push forward in adversity because this business life isn’t an easy one. 

 

What’s been your proudest moment in your career?

My proudest moment of my career would have to be when Ariana Grande received a denim jacket with my ‘The Manchester Bee’ painting embroidered on the back. After the attacks are here concert I painted a huge original Bee and auctioned it off to raise money for those affected. After it raised thousands I was contacted by her manager for the image. I was very proud to have helped a cause close to my heart and have my artwork recognised internationally.

 

What does the future hold for you?

The plan is to just further revolutionise the art industry and make original art more accessible to all. My current motto is to take as many art virginities as I possible. 

 

Tell us 5 fun facts about yourself?

I was Cheshire High Jump Champion at age 12. lol

I went on 51 flights last year

I own the URL the www.TheYoloQueen.com

I have the worst tattoo of all time. On holiday at 18 I had petals tattooed t around a mole I have on my foot. 

I’m in the middle of writing a book about how I made my first million 

 

Top 3 holiday destinations?

Sydney, Cuba and Morocco 

 

Who would be your top three dinner party guests & why?

Tracey Emin. She is a world renown English artist who hit international success after she creative ‘My Bed’. She had so many critics and people pulling apart her idea. A common response was ‘I could have done that’. As an abstract artist it’s a phrase I hear a lot from trolls and haters. Her 3 word response is still something that sticks with me as one of the most genius things ever said. ‘But you didn’t.  I don’t think I’d invite any other guests to that dinner party. I’d like to just chat to her about her life. Hopefully one day. 

House & Garden Festival | Olympia London | 19-23 June 2019 | Homes, Interiors & Style | Sophie Tea Competition