Sophie and Carla

An Angel At My Table by Miriam Escofet © Miriam Escofet  1000mm x 700mm, oil on linen over panel

Sophie and Carla by Emma Hopkins, 2019
© Emma Hopkins


Emma Hopkins was born in Brighton in 1989 and turned to portrait painting after graduating with a degree in Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance from the University of the Arts, London. Self-taught, Hopkins first exhibited her work in a staff show at the Chelsea Arts Club while working behind the bar, now she is a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Hopkins’ expertise has fed directly into her painting, which focuses almost exclusively on nude portraits and studies of human flesh.

Hopkins’ portrait Sophie and Carla depicts the photographer Sophie Mayanne and her pet dog Carla. Mayanne is known for Behind the Scars, a photography project about people’s scars and the stories behind them. It is an interest that Hopkins shares, she says: “I want to understand as much as I can about what it means to be human. We are not just the clothed person we present to the world. We are the mind and body that we inhabit.”


Shortlisted Artists

Sophie and Carla by Emma Hopkins, 2019 © Emma Hopkins

Sophie and Carla
by Emma Hopkins, 2019
© Emma Hopkins

Quo vadis? by Massimiliano Pironti, 2018 © Massimiliano Pironti

Quo vadis?
by Massimiliano Pironti, 2018
© Massimiliano Pironti

The Crown by Carl-Martin Sandvold, 2019 © Carl-Martin Sandvold

The Crown
by Carl-Martin Sandvold, 2019
© Carl-Martin Sandvold

A Portrait of two Female Painters by Ania Hobson © Ania Hobson;  1600 x 1200, oil on canvas

Imara in her Winter Coat
by Charlie Schaffer, 2019
© Charlie Schaffer