Approved: 16.08.2006

Sue Purcell

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Living in a rural area for most of my life, nature's forms and colours have always been the main influence on my work, though it is not always revealed in an obvious manner. Along side making abstract and representational works the actual process of making is very important to me, and therefore continuously drives me towards pushing the boundaries of my practice. Solitude from living in a remote

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    Living in a rural area for most of my life, nature's forms and colours have always been the main influence on my work, though it is not always revealed in an obvious manner. Along side making abstract and representational works the actual process of making is very important to me, and therefore continuously drives me towards pushing the boundaries of my practice. Solitude from living in a remote area of mid Wales has enabled me to concentrate on developing my work through ongoing exploration and experimentation using a wide range of materials including; oils, acrylics, pastels, paper, glass and found objects.

    CV & Education

    Solo Exhibitions

    2014   'Fascinating Fossils & Co' Radnorshire Museum & Art Gallery Llandrindod Wells Powys

    2013   ABSTRACT ASPECTS  Art Cafe  Powys Mind  Llandrindod Wells Powys

    2009   'Look just Look'  & 2002 'Synthesis' Art By the Yard  Great Oak Cafe  Llanidloes  Powys

    1996 - 97 'Reflect' The Elan Valley Hotel Rhayader Powys

    Selected Exhibitions

    2014   Open Drawing Gas Gallery  Aberystwyth  Ceredigion  

    1992 & 93   Nature In Art International Centre for Wildlife Art Twigworth Gloucestershire

    Artist in Residence

    2014   Radnorshire Museum & Art Gallery Temple Street Llandrindod Wells Powys. Creating new work within a dedicated wall space during my solo show and engaging with the general public to raise the profile of the museum's fossil collection. Also part of POWYS ARTS MONTH

    2012   An Acre of Art Wigmore Herefordshire 'Magnificent Moths' Creating new artworks during 'h-art' in September & Erwood Craft Centre & Gallery RAILWAY CARRIAGE nr. Builth Wells during POWYS ARTS MONTH

    1993 & 2010
               Nature in Art International Centre for Wildlife Art Twigworth Gloucester. Creating new work & engaging with the general public during the 1+1+1= group show

    Group exhibitions

    2014 - 15   'Showtime' Visual Voices section Oriel Davies Gallery Newtown Powys

    2013   'Postcard Portraits'  Nature in Art Twigworth Gloucester

    2013   Palace Arts-fest  Bishops Palace  Hereford

    2012   1+1= group  'Above Beneath Beyond # II '  with Kathleen Packwood The Andrew Lamont Gallery Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon  Powys

    2012   MAJESTIC MOTHS  An Acre of Art  Wigmore  North Herefordshire

    2012   1+1= group  'Nature and the Human Spirit'  with Kathleen Packwood & guest artist Christian Parkes The Bleddfa Centre Knighton  Powys

    2011   1+1= group 'Inspired by Nature' with Kathleen Packwood & guest artist Terri Sweeney Mid Wales Arts Centre Maesmawr Caersws Powys

    2011   'h-art' week Open Studio/Gallery with Kathleen Packwood. Corner Cottage Tenbury Wells Worcestershire

    2011   POWYS ARTS MONTH Mid Wales Arts Centre  Maesmawr Caersws Powys

    2010   1+1+1= group 'Above Beneath Beyond' with Kathleen Packwood & Kate Hammersley Nature in Art Twigworth, Gloucester

    2010   Contemporary Art for Christmas Lloyd Gill Gallery  Weston-Super-Mare  Somerset

    2010   Palace Art Fair  Fulham Palace  London

    2010   Powys for Christmas  Wyeside Arts Centre  Builth Wells  Powys

    2006   Reds on the Bed  Minerva Arts Centre  Llanidloes  Powys

    1998   Different Aspects  with Kathleen Packwood Gateway Galleries  Shrewsbury  Shropshire

    1997   Wildlife Art Auction  Christie's  London

    1995   Borderlands  Bleddfa Trust Centre Bleddfa  Powys

    1995   Fecit, Pinxit, Impressit  The School of Art  Aberystwyth  Ceredigion

    1995   On The Surface  Oriel Myrddin  Carmarthen Carmarthenshire

    1994   Fresh Art  Business Design Centre  London

    1994  When Words Fail  The Deffett Francis Gallery  Swansea  Glamorganshire

    Tutoring & workshops

    Since 1990 I have worked for many organisations, including colleges, art centres and charities to deliver workshops to both their members and the public. The following three projects stand out for me and ones I have found particularly rewarding. Other project details supplied on request.

    2013 – Coleg Powys, Newtown, ART & DESIGN STUDENTS Pathways to Curation Project.

    2007 – Celf o Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells, Decorative 3D Wirework.

    2002 – Young Carers, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Venue décor.

    Public Commission

    2008 - Leaping Salmon, Outdoor Mosaic, Llani Ltd., Severn Porte Park, Llanidloes, Powys. 

    2002 - Homage to Sun Ra, Painting in and around found glass medicine cabinet. Pembrokeshire.

    2005 - Interior textile decor, WOMAD, Reading.

    1982 - Designed and screen printed altar frontal, runner and chalice cover. Other designer wove a collection of stoles to colour co-ordinate with my designs, Morley Retreat and Conference Centre, Derbyshire. 

    Project Manager

    2008 - Public art works produced with lead artists in youth workshops (16 to 25 yrs. Compton's Yard Trust, Llanidloes, Powys. Street art: Skate Park, Willow Sculpture: Victoria Park, Carved Gate: Compton's Yard Trust Garden.

    Award

    Oppenheim, John Downs Trust Award, London. To produce new works.

    Art Education & Qualifications

    2005   Teaching Certificate University of Wales Newport Gwent

    1995   Postgraduate Diploma in Studio Studies (Printmaking Drawing Painting)
              University of Wales  Aberystwyth  Ceredigion

    1984   Diploma in Textile Design (Pass with Credit)
              Derby Lonsdale College HE Derbyshire