Since 2005, Nichola & Sarah Hope have created innovative and original art. They have built a rapport and relationship with the Welsh National Opera that gives them intimate and inspirational access to the company’s rehearsals.
The unpredictable nature of what unfolds on stage is observed; gestured and animated forms give rise to multiple figure inventions. Working within the hubbub of rehearsal, the artists strive to capture their subject’s movements, emotions and air of performance.
Portraiture is a strong feature in the Hope sisters’ work and is combined with an element of the theatrical. The practice is predominately in drawing and painting with an element of distortion and fantasy.