Within two years of starting painting again after a very, very long break, one of my paintings (City Lights 6) had reached the semi-final of a Saatchi online showdown competition and I had exhibited at La Galleria Pall Mall in London. Invitations to exhibit at many glamorous and prestigious locations followed, and new invitations are being received regularly. To date I have exhibited in Portugal and Chicago as well as on several occasions in London and elsewhere in the UK.
Like many children I always enjoyed painting and continued to do so throughout my teenage years, not with any particular intent – it was something I enjoyed and just ‘did’ – even painting colourful abstracts on my bedroom walls.
That was a long time ago, and over the years I have experimented with different mediums including textile and silk painting and pastels. When my children were very young, I rarely painted at all so I wrote stories and poetry, creating different world with words instead of colour.
Some years later I taught art at a local school before opening a paint-your-own-pottery studio in Bedford, my home town, which quickly became successful. Reluctantly, I sold the business some ten years ago for personal reasons.
The world works in mysterious ways. After another change in personal circumstances, about seven years or so ago I was commissioned to paint a few canvases and I was reminded how important painting is to me. I still love colour and get excited at the prospect of a new, blank canvas just waiting to be brought to life. My work reflects me in many ways – I paint intuitively and from the heart, nearly always choosing the colours first. Inspiration can come from anywhere, at any time; from something I see or something I think of or even from the lighting of stage or television sets. I often get ideas for paintings or colour combinations and shapes just as I’m drifting off to sleep.
I do not attempt or want to simply reproduce what exists already, but prefer to interpret what I see or feel and let my imagination lead the way to create something new. I resist being pigeonholed by what I do in life, or in what I paint. My abstract paintings are borne of my imagination, love of colour and passion to create. I now work mainly in acrylics, sometimes oils, occasionally both. My aim is to evoke a mood or perhaps prompt a thought that words alone cannot convey and, most importantly, to engage the viewer’s imagination.
I now have collectors in the USA, Ireland, Switzerland and Portugal as well as nearer to home.
I am constantly experimenting and developing my practice resulting in a diverse artistic output but all essentially linked and undeniably my work. It just goes to show it’s never too late to tune in to your passion and follow your dreams.
2018 – Direct Art Action UK, Sutton Coldfield
2018 – Cambridge Art Fair, Cambridge
2018 – Contemporary Arts Fair, Stratford-upon-Avon
2018 ongoing – Capital Art Gallery, London
2017 – January 2018, Frescoes Art Gallery, Bedford, England
2017 – Abstractive Exhibition, The Cult House in collaboration with Creative Debuts, London
2016 – Mardleybury Gallery, Datchworth, Hertfordshire
2016 – Fusion II, The Cult House at The Underdog Gallery, London
2016 – Art At Work-Biophilia, Argentum in partnership with KI,
New Fetter Place, Lego Building, London
2015 – 2016 – Frescoes Art Gallery, Bedford, England
2015 – Fusion, The Cult House, Hoxton Arches, London, England
2015 – Atkinson O’Rourke Gallery (now The Atkinson Collection), Chicago, United States
2015 – Auction, Center for Accessible Art, Ohio, United States
2015 – Towards Abstraction (Gallery Argentum), KI Europe, London, England
2014 – Beyond White Walls (Gallery Argentum), KI Europe, London, England
2014 – Colorida Gallery, Costa do Castelo, Lisbon, Portugal
2014 – Picture Corner Gallery, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England
2014 – Breathe, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
2014 – CO3 Gallery, Colchester, Essex, England
2013 – Lights In The Winter, International exhibition of contemporary art, La Galleria Pall Mall, London, England
2013 – 2016 – Riobello Italian Restaurant, Bedford, England
2013 – Artist of the Month, Cheese Kitchen, Bedford, England
2013 – Saatchi Online Showdown, semi-finalist
2018 – Accepted invitation to join the Guild Society of Artists
2018 – Paintings became available through art agency Okk Arts
2018 – May – October Original paintings on display and available from Gallery 6 Newark, Notts., England
2018 ongoing – Joined UK Artists UK online gallery
2017 ongoing – Added to roster of artists at office art display company Little Van Gogh to show collection of City Lights paintings
2017 – Painting sold at auction to raise funds for The British Heart Foundation
2016 – Paintings became available as ‘wearable art’ via shopvida.com as Sue Hall Art
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