Haslemere Museum plays host to a lovely exhibition this month by local artist Sonya Vine. The exhibition of new atmospheric oil paintings showing snapshots of people and everyday life from seasides to high streets includes local scenes such as the Devil’s Punchbowl, Frensham Ponds and West Wittering as well as the universal pastime of people watching, all inspired by dramatic light and the stories that silhouettes can tell. Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and comedian Tim Vine are both big fans of their little sister’s work.
Sonya qualified at Cheltenham College of Art with a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Painting and now lives and works in Haslemere having moved from London in 2015. She has exhibited at London venues, including the Mall Galleries, The Muse at 269, and The Apothecary Gallery, and has had many solo exhibitions at Waterloo Gallery and as part of Artists at Home in Chiswick as well as the Surrey Artists’ Open Studios ever year.
“I’m delighted to be showing my paintings at Haslemere Museum for the first time. Since moving here, I’ve been so inspired by the beautiful area. I’ve loved going up to the Devil’s Punchbowl, taking hundreds of photos then going back to my attic studio to create a painting. Although I’ve titled them ambiguously, I’m sure people who live locally will definitely recognise a few places. They may even see themselves.”
The exhibition runs at the Haslemere Museum until 25 March.