Sophy Hollington


Friday 22nd February 2019

Photo: Sam Hiscox

Name, where are you from?
Sophy Hollington, and I’m from Brighton.

Describe your style in three words?
Androgynous, practical, eclectic.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Fleetwood Mac at the 02 Arena in 2012, I wasn't a big fan before the show but a friend had some free tickets and I went along. They totally won me over and it was weirdly emotional. I think it was the first show they did with Christine in a long time and Peter Green was in the audience.

If you could work with any artist in history?
After recently collaborating with a writer (David Keenan, who I made a tarot deck with) and it working so well, I think I’d choose another. Maybe Kurt Vonnegut. He’d write a new collection of short stories and I’d illustrate them - ha!

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
I’ve actually recently returned to Brighton after 10 years in London. I was a teenager down here and was completely drawn in by the '60s counterculture stuff that’s been happening here for decades. My friends and I would go to all the mod-nights wearing pastel polyester dresses and white tights with beehives. Fashions aside, I still love all the music and have gone from listening to garage like you’d find on the Pebbles and Nuggets compilations to more psychedelic, jazz and folk-influenced music of the later '60s and early '70s.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Hieronymus Bosch, I’d love to know where all that came from.

Of all the places you’ve shown your work, which is your favourite?
As an illustrator, I don’t exhibit my work a lot in a gallery setting, but I do get to have my work shown in plenty of magazines and papers. I think having my work printed in The New Yorker is the coolest one so far.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Unsung? Nick Drake, who I guess was unsung in his lifetime, although he’s massively lauded now. Maybe not enough though, I love his music and his voice and his lyrics, so much.

Artist and illustrator, Sophy Hollington, works primarily in linocut combining modern themes with medieval-like motifs and narratives. Her work has recently featured on the artwork for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs' new album 'King Of Cowards' and as part of the Rough Trade Books new series of pamphlets, in collaboration with author David Keenan.

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Sophy also plays guitar in London based band Novella.

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