Approved: 24.11.2015

Susan Absolon

Artist, Arts administrator, Graphic designer, Project manager, Writer

Approved: 24.11.2015

Painting is the filter for my inner monologue about the world.

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      Painting is the filter for my inner monologue about the world.

      There are currently two main streams of work : paintings that derive from an interest in landscape as a place of conflict, and paintings that sit on the boundary of abstraction and figuration and that are, perhaps, an expression of female experience.

      I collect words and phrases from widely diverse types of text and these underpin my working practice, being sometimes the catalyst for a painting, or resolving a painting with a title.




      CV & Education


      1989    Central St Martins School of Art, London, Postgraduate painting diploma

      1988    West Surrey College of Art, Farnham, BA (Hons) Fine Art – 1st class

      1979    University College London, BA (Hons) Modern Iberian/Latin American Studies 2:1


      2012    Juliet Gomperts Trust painting bursary.

      Group Exhibitions

      2016    Royal West of England Academy, 164th Annual Open Exhibition, RWA, Bristol

                  BEEP Wales, International Painting Prize Exhibition, Swansea & Wrexham

                  Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield "Art is a Lie that Reveals the Truth"

      2015    The London Group Open, London SE1

                  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London SW1

                 The Beaney, Canterbury, Kent, ‘Animal Magic'

      2014    The Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable

                  Menier Gallery, London SE1

      2013    ‘Without Boundaries’ Menier Gallery, London SE1

                  Guest artist at ‘SEAM 4’ WAC Gallery, London SE1

                  ‘Works on Paper’ Espacio Gallery, London

                  ‘Then & Now’ Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London.

      2010    South London Women Artists, Bankside Galleries, London.

      2008    ‘Imagine’ visual arts week, Honeywood House.

                  ‘Tres’ at Olé, London SW15.

      2007    Tent London’, Truman Brewery, London E1.

                  ‘Sleep’ Old Billingsgate Market, London EC3.

      2004    Ernst & Young, London – rug commission for executive reception.

      1997    Private commission – bespoke rug design for a country house.

      1996    ‘Dunkelbunt’ rug for Christopher Farr, London.

      1995    Kappa Lambda Rugs, London.

                 ‘Colour’, ‘Urban Swing’ ‘Liquide’ ‘Point’ and ‘Ardennes’ solo collections

                  Purves & Purves, London – solo exhibition of rugs.

      1994    Tecno UK Ltd., London SW1 – solo exhibition of paintings.

                  The Affordable Art Company, Connaught Brown Gallery, London.

      1993    ‘Identikit’ at Copenhagen Street with Pixley Street Artists, London.

      1991-3 Production assistant on ‘Factory’ (16mm film) and ‘Burner’ multi-screen tv

                  installation (artist: Stewart Wilson, MA RCA)

      1990    ‘East Meets West’, inaugural exhibition East West Gallery, London.

      1989    ‘Celebration’ South Bank Photo Show, Royal Festival Hall, London.

      1988    The Art House, Notting Hill, London.

      1987    Young Unknowns Gallery, London SE1.

      1986    Finalist, Winsor & Newton Young Artists Awards, Mall Galleries, London

      Commercial experience:Overseas Sales Administrator for fine art publisher; Fine art Collection and Projects Manager (21 years); Freelance contemporary rug designer; Multi-media project assistant; Press Officer for South East Artists (SEAS)

      Work published in :Contemporary Rugs’ by Christopher Farr, Matthew Bourne, Fiona Leslie – Merrell, 2002; ‘Drawing & Painting’ by Kate Wilson , Thames & Hudson (2015)

      Member of : South East Artists, Kent