Artist creates a buzz with tribute to bees at Woodbridge gallery

Artist Sophie Elinor Martin's new exhibition celebrating the bee at the RE+new Gallery in Woodbridge

Artist Sophie Elinor Martin's new exhibition celebrating the bee at the RE+new Gallery in Woodbridge - Credit: Su Anderson

A Suffolk artist has taken up the plight of one of nature’s underdog for her latest exhibition.

Artist Sophie Elinor Martin's new exhibition celebrating the bee at the RE+new Gallery in Woodbridge

Artist Sophie Elinor Martin's new exhibition celebrating the bee at the RE+new Gallery in Woodbridge - Credit: Su Anderson

Sophie Elinor Martin, from Clopton, near Woodbridge, is hoping her new collection will raise awareness of the falling bee population and its impact on the world’s food supply.

Sophie, whose work combines traditional and modern methods with spray paint and charcoal to create large and unique perspectives of animals and insects, is paying homage to the hardworking bee in her show at RE+new gallery in Woodbridge’s Thoroughfare.

She said: “In recent years, we have seen a dramatic fall in bee population worldwide, and this body of work is to help remind people how much we need bees to pollinate the vast amount of our food industry, simply because without bees we could be faced with severe agricultural problems.”

Sophie has chosen to donate a share of sales to Barnes & Webb, which installs and manages beehives in London.

“By investing in the future of bees living successfully in cities, we may also be investing in our own health and wellbeing,” she said.

The exhibition continues until this Saturday.