Finding Sophie Blackall - October 11, 2018-February 1, 2019
October 11, 2018: Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk
October 12, 2018: Luncheon with Sophie Blackall
Sophie Blackall, award-winning children’s author and illustrator, was born in 1970 in Australia, where she grew up. Sophie’s artistry originated with drawing in the sand on Australian beaches. Her skills and passion grew until she earned a Bachelor of Design with honors in Sydney in 1992. In the following years, she drew robotic figures for amusement parks, lent her hands to a DIY television show, and produced a household hints column. She has illustrated over 30 children’s books and created one book for adults.
Sophie’s books have accrued much acclaim and numerous awards throughout her career. Ruby’s Wish received an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award (2003). Meet Wild Boars won a BCCB Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award (2005) and Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators; Big Red Lollipop was named a New York Times Top Ten Picture Book for 2010 and included on the New York Public Library list of best children’s books in the last 100 years. Sophie illustrates the incredibly popular Ivy & Bean series, which has over 1 million copies in print. Pecan Pie Baby received a Horn Book Honor in 2011. #1 New York Times Bestseller, Finding Winnie, was released in 2015 and won a Caldecott medal. Other titles illustrated by Sophie Blackall include A Voyage in the Clouds, And Two Boys Booed, A Fine Dessert, The Baby Tree, The Mighty LaLouche, The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield, and many more.
Sophie has lived in Brooklyn, NY since 2000; this atmosphere inspires much of her artwork.