Suzie’s work is predominantly concerned with human and animal forms - expressing their beauty, strength and fragility through the wonderfully fleshy and tactile medium of clay.
Her work is especially inspired by the terracotta maquettes of the Renaissance sculptors - small-scale models with lively sketchy surfaces full of the artists' tool marks and fingerprints. These quick studies have an immediacy and vibrancy which can be missing in the smooth perfection of the finished marble.
Suzie studied Fine Art Sculpture at City & Guilds of London Art School. She has been a council member of the SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT SCULPTORS since 2007, and has recently been elected Vice President. She exhibits at their annual London FACE show each May, and in 2010, at their critically acclaimed exhibiton in WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL - 'In a Sacred Place'. She was awarded the Society prize in 2013 for her small wax maquette of Barry Flanagan OBE and the Atelier Fine Art Prize for her portrait of Amina Ali – one of the kidnapped Nigerian girls, at FACE 2015.
SINCE 2009 EXHIBITION VENUES INCLUDE:
London Affordable Art Fairs
Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
Bedford Street Gallery, Woburn
Caxton Contemporary, Whitstable
Gallery Different, Percy Street W1
Mall Galleries, Threadneedle Prize
Ralph Lauren - London Homestores
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
The OXO Tower, London
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
The Gallery, Cork St W1
Sladmore Contemporary, W1
The Galleria, Pall Mall
She has also designed for the ROYAL MINT including a CHARLES DARWIN bicentenary £2 coin in 2009; and BRITANNIA bullion coins in 2010 and 2016. Commissions include a posthumous portrait of the artist FRANCIS BACON; a gift for the Japanese Buddhist leader President Ikeda of a small portrait study of CHARLIE CHAPLIN; a high relief of the diabetic doctor R D LAWRENCE for Kings College Hospital; a portrait of JANE AUSTEN; a low relief of Canadian entrepreneur PETER MUNK for Porto Montenegro.
Her portrait of the Victorian MP and founder of the National Secular Society CHARLES BRADLAUGH was unveiled in Parliament in November 2016 and is now in the Palace of Westminster.
Suzie's work is in private collections throughout Europe. Her studio is now in St Leonards On Sea. Please call to arrange to view more of her work and discuss commissions.
Apart from private tuition, she also teaches Masterclasses at the Art Academy in SE London and will be running regular 1 and 2 day courses at her new studio in St Leonards, East Sussex.