Sophie R. Hallonquist was born in Poland in 1941, where she studied drawing and became a tapestry weaver. Since her art education in Poland, Hallonquist has continued her study of drawing, painting, and design in Sweden and Canada, including studies at Toronto’s Ryerson University.
Hallonquist draws inspiration from several sources. She has a strong affinity for the earth-tone color pallet of the masters, a respectful understanding of contemporary design, and a passion for experimental and collaborative work. In her own still life works, Hallonquist paints with a mixture of melted beeswax and pigments. The result is a glossy enamel-like surface with boundless potential for textural experimentation.
Hallonquist’s work is held in collections across Europe, the Americas, and Japan.