This painting explores the enchantment present in ordinary, quiet scenes. This work simultaneously captures and contemplates an unexpected moment of bliss where everyday life seems filled with ephemeral perfection. The implicit nostalgia in this composition allows the artist to explore how the commonplace—as well as reminiscences of such moments—can bring people together.
Treppendahl’s paintings of interiors rarely include figures, yet the artist imbues each work with a sense of life alongside stillness—as though someone has just walked out of the room. Treppendahl uses light as a tool for abstraction, creating colorful compositions where shapes and shadows serve as a playground for paint and pattern.
Sophie Treppendahl paints quiet scenes that capture ordinary moments of unexpected bliss. Using light as a tool for abstraction, the artist’s compositions frequently depict colorful interiors full of shapes and shadows—playgrounds for paint and patterns that are rarely populated by figures. Treppendahls’s work explores how the associations contained in pleasant reminiscences bring us together.
Sophie Treppendahl was born in 1991. The artist received a BA in Painting and Printmaking from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina in 2013.
Solo exhibitions of Treppendahl’s work include: Living with my (white, Southern, racist) family history at Quirk Gallery in Richmond, Virginia (2020); A Year in Windows at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, New York (2020); and A World of People in my Studio at the Indianapolis Art Center, Indiana (2019); among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Treppendahl’s work include; The Scenic Route at 1969 Gallery in New York City (2021); From Morning Til Night, We Should Never Rely on a Single Thing at Philip Martin Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2021); Fete Galante at Heaven Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2020); Dreams and Diversions: Images of America at Johansson Projects in Oakland, California (2020); Cool and Collected at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Kent, Connecticut (2019); No Dead Artists at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana (2018); Everybody in the Pool at Ada Gallery in Richmond, Virginia (2018); Summer Through Her Eyes at The Broad in Richmond, Virginia (2018); and Elaborate Pattern at Artspace Gallery in Richmond, Virginia (2018).
Treppendahl’s work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Treppendahl lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana.