On Saturday, June 12th the newest Pride art show opened up at &Gallery on 4th Avenue. Sophie McTears second solo show takes the notion of binary and throws it in the trash. Which, quite frankly, is where it belongs. Welcome to progress baby.
Who is Sophie McTear?
Sophie McTear is a trans, non-binary, queer, living and creating art in Tucson, AZ. They are beautiful, talented, and most importantly an awesome representation of the LGBTQ community here in the Old Pueblo. They grew up in Baltimore MD before relocating to Washington DC for school and quickly discovered that art, and not politics, is what sparked passion.
Sophie works as an illustrator and graphic designer. Their style is very simple, slightly whimsical, and definitely colorful. Reminiscent of the doodles you might find on a high school notebook, Sophie splashes spectacular color, bold line work, and a sense of intimacy into each one of their pieces. Working as a freelance artist can be lonely at times so they are always up for commissions and collaborations. In 2019 the band Surprises reached out and commissioned the album cover for their record Natural Disaster.
The show will be up through the end of June 2021. All of the pieces are available for purchase and if you can’t walk away with something big there are still lots of smaller prints and stickers available so you can take a little piece of the show home with you.
Celebrating Queer Expression is the name of the game this month at &Gallery. Sophie’s work draws heavily on their own experiences in the LGBTQ community, activism, and what it’s like living with a chronic illness. So the figures have real bodies, not idealized ones, complete with fat, body hair, and scars. Some are portraits and some are just simple natural moments between individuals normalizing the fact that the queers are just people, because queers are just people.
Please consider checking out Sophies exhibit this month during &Gallery’s normal business hours. 12-6 pm Thursday through Monday. The gallery is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
All photos provided by Velvet & Shadow.
For anything else there is to know about this amazing event, head over to Sophie McTear – Pride Art Exhibition on the GayTucson Calendar!