Sophie Varin is a young French artist whose work was exhibited in May 2022 at the Acacias Art Center for the first group show of Reiffers Art Initiatives, entitled “DES CORPS LIBRES – Une jeune scène français”. Initially a fan of video and sculpture, she discovered painting at the end of her studies in Rotterdam. In her paintings, the body is both present and fleeting. Choosing the miniature, the artist creates works smaller than a postcard.
"Vengeance tardive" (view of the exhibition "DES CORPS LIBRES - Une jeune scène française") at the Acacias Art Center)Sophie Varin, 2019
BLIND et Know-it-all (view of the exhibition "DES CORPS LIBRES - Une jeune scène française" at the Acacias Art Center)Sophie Varin, 2022
“The miniature reveries of the painter Sophie Varin” by Matthieu Jacquet
— Numéro, 2021
“Sophie Varin’s oil miniatures are glimpses into a world full of intrigue and ambivalence” by Daniel Milroy Maher
— It’s Nince That, 2021
The novel not only provided possible inspiration for her journey into painting, but the subject matter of her detective story evidently carried over into the work itself. Last year, in a show curated by Feeelings at the now permanently closed gallery Cunst-Link in Brussels, Sophie exhibited a collection of miniature oil paintings, alongside two sculptures and large painted fabrics. The oil paintings appear almost as visual manifestations of the story’s themes – intrigue and suspense fill the scenes depicted on the tiny canvases. Otherworldly settings are inhabited by unusual characters engaged in a mix of mundane and mysterious activities, from organising tables to bathing in pools to gathering around an unidentified source of light. Occasionally, they can be seen engaging with one another as well – talking, fighting, or simply staring – while elsewhere they sit in apparent solitude and we feel as though we are intruding on a private moment.”