b.1988 in Norfolk, UK.
London artist currently working between London and the USA

2017 – 19 MFA Fine Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
2008-11 BA (Hons) Painting, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London. UK
2007-8 Foundation Diploma Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL, London. UK


John Hartell Graduate Award for Art. Cornell University 2018
The Dedalus Foundation M.F.A. Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture Nomination 2019

Cornell Graduate School Research Travel Grant, Cornell University 2018
Cornell Council for the Arts Individual Grant, Cornell University 2018
Jerwood Painting Fellowship 2013
Vermont Studio Center Fellowship May 2016

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Nov 2016
WW Solo Award Selected artist 2013


2019 I’m Soft for You, Grayhaven Gallery, USA

2019 Creekside Open selected by Sacha Craddock, APT Gallery, Deptford, London, UK

2019 Or High Water. Safe Gallery. Brooklyn New York. NY. USA

2019 SOLO That’ll Be All, John Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, NY. USA

2019 Site Work, Experimental Gallery, Ithaca, NY. USA

2018 SOLO The Unforgiving Mould. Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, NY. USA

2018  BIG SNACK, SIGNAL. Brooklyn. New York. NY. USA

2018 SOLO Bit of A Pickle. Tjaden Gallery. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. USA

2017 Your Guess, Tjaden Gallery. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. USA

2017 Continuous Painting, Rand Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca. NY. USA

2017  Window Sill, Griffin Gallery, curated by Karen David. London. UK

2017 Creekside Open selected by Jordan Baseman, APT Gallery, Deptford, London, UK

2017 Painting & Structure, The Kennington Residency, London, UK

2017  SOLO Studio Obstacles, 49a Gallery, Highgate, London, UK

2016 tendercies,  Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA

2016 Summer Mix, Turps Banana Gallery, London

2016 Drying Depot, UEL Fine Art Project Space, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

2016 Piercing the Veil, Simmons & Simmons, London

2015 UK/RAINE, Saatchi Gallery, London

2015 ‘P’ Horatio Jr, London

2015 SOLO, Sophia Starling – A Better Door Than A Window, Horatio Jr, London

2015 Corporeality, Objects and Other Stuff, FOLD, London

2015  Autocatalytic Future Games (curated by playpaint), No Format Gallery, London

2015 BORDERLINE ( beyond a rational aesthetic)  C & C Gallery, London.

2015  A Union of Voices, Horatio Jr, London

2014 Time to Hit the Road, curated by GersonZevi Leila Heller Gallery. New York

2014 Here, there and somewhere in between (Project 1), Horatio Jr, London

2014 Sophia Starling, Kate Terry, Sarah Kate Wilson. Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance. Cornwall

2014 ‘Flatpacked/Wrapped/Stacked’, Punk&Sheep, London

2014, The Time Is Now Ready For Delivery (Orgasmos), Cinema6 (Arcadia Missa) London./Farringdon Factory.

2014, Jerwood Painting Fellowship on Tour,  The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts

2014 Jerwood Painting Fellowships on Tour, Norwich University Gallery

2014 Jerwood Painting Fellowships on Tour, Aberystwyth Art Centre

2013 Blugates Residency. Bluegates, Bardfield End, Thaxted, Essex.

2013 Jerwood Painting Fellowships on Tour, BayArt, Cardiff.

2013 Overt Exchange, APT Gallery, Deptford, London. Curated by Claire Undy

2013 WW Solo Award/ Group Longlist 2013, WW Gallery, London.

2013 Creekside Open selected by Paul Noble, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2013 Jerwood Painting Fellowships, Jerwood Space, London.

2013 Ch Ch Ch Changing, Griffin Gallery, London.

2012 Continuous painting, NewGallery Project Space, London

2011 Camberwell Degree Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London

2011 And You Thought Painting Was Dead, Hatch Space, Deptford, London

2010 New Paintings, NewGallery London, Peckham, London


2019 Ox-Bow School of Art, MI. USA
2018 Byrdcliffe, Woodstock, NY. USA
2017 Treléx. Switzerland
2016 Vermont Studio Center Dec. USA
2016 Vermont Studio Center Nov Fellowship. USA
2016 Vermont Studio Center May Fellowship. USA
2014-2017 Resident Artist at Ivy Dale Primary School, Nunhead, London. UK
2014 Land Art Road Trip Gerson Zevi Projects. USA
2013 Land Art Road Trip, Salt Lake City-Dallas, Gerson Zevi Projects. USA
2013 Bluegates Residency. Bluegates, Bardfield End, Thaxted, Essex. UK

Curatorial projects

2019 Site Work. Celebrating 50 years of Earth Art. Cornell University. NY. USA
2017 Closed Door Series, Cornell University, NY. USA
2017 Painting and Structure, The Kennington Residency, Kennington, London.

2011-2012: NewGallery London, 7 month residency:
2012 Folded Plateaus, Sam Mould. NewGallery London, London
2011 Entities and Elements, Sam Pullen. NewGallery London, London
2011 The Coincidence of Opposites, Bayly Shelton. NewGallery London, London
2011 Funk is Not Domestically Produced, David Mullen. NewGallery London, London

2011 And You Thought Painting Was Dead, Hatch Space, Deptford, London

Lectures / Teaching Experience

2019 Professor, Drawing I & II, Cornell Summer Sessions, Cornell University
2017 Guest critic, BFA Thesis, Cornell University
2017-2019 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Cornell University
2017 Artist Talk- BFA Drawing students Cornell University
2016  Visiting Artist lecture and studio visits- BA Fine Art students University of East London,
2016  ‘Piercing the Veil’ Artist Discussion, Simmons and Simmons, London lecture in conversation
2015  Visiting Artist lecture, Paint Club East, Firstsite, Colchester.
2015  ‘A better Door than a window’ – In conversation with Juan Bolivar, Horatio Jr, London.
2015  ‘Borderline’, Artist discussion- in conversation with Laurence Noga
2013  Jerwood Painting Fellowship Lecture, Jerwood Visual Arts, London
2014-2017 Resident Artist, Ivydale Primary School, Workshop and Art sessions

Press and Articles

NIGHTBLOCK, Dec 2018. Edition Eleven. Cornell’s MFA Artists & the Transfigurations of Discomfort by Robert Whitehead

Ab Crit. John Bunker writes on “Painting & Structure” at the Kennington Residency, London 

Trebuchet Magazine Issue 1, 2017. Hanging Offense, Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Exhibition Catalogue. Saatchi Gallery UK/RAINE: Emerging artists from the UK and Ukraine. Saatchi Gallery Publication.

Solo Exhibition publication. A Better Door Than A Window at Horatio Jr. Essay by Ben Eastham.

Simmons Contemporary, Beyond the Veil, Exhibition Catalogue. Simmons and Simmons.

Saturation Point. Review Borderline at C&C Gallery by James Campion

Art Licks Magazine Spring, 2014, Issue 14. Studio Snoop- Sophia Starling Interview by Ben Eastham.

Abstract Critical interview by Daniel Sturgis.

Material Girl: An Interview with Sophia Starling, by Eleanor Nairne for Jerwood Visual Arts Blog.

This is tomorrow: Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2013 review by Simon Bayliss.

Sophia Starling by Jessica Lack. Jerwood Painting Fellowships Catalogue 2013.



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