Approved: 16.08.2006

Susan Laughton

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

The landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. It is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colour from which I construct my own pared down responses. Man made structures in particular impose their presence against the sky: telegraph poles, fences, bridges, or an isolated

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    The landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. It is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colour from which I construct my own pared down responses. Man made structures in particular impose their presence against the sky: telegraph poles, fences, bridges, or an isolated building…structures that create tension within space and mark the passage of time. My approach is reductive: removing superfluous elements, concentrating on the physicality of edges and boundaries often in contrast to the veiled, shifting white light of the north. I make drawings of remembered details seen from the corner of my eye, fleeting juxtapositions elusive to photography or more studied compositions. My paintings contrast intentional marks with random scratches, washes of paint with fine layers of plaster, gesso or card. Focusing on process and materials is important to me as a way of allowing the painting to emerge as an object in it’s own right. Structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to combine control with ‘let‘s see what happens if…

    CV & Education

    qualifications
    2002     BA (Hons) Visual Art and Design (First) Bolton Institute.
    1987    HND Building Technology, Bolton Institute.

    shortlisted
    2016     Lichfield Art Prize: Finalist    

    2012    John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Gallery, Liverpool (first round)

    galleries

    Columbia Road Gallery, London

    Cold Press Gallery, Holt, Norfolk

    Artwave west, Dorset

    solo exhibitions

    2016    Cold Pess gallery, Holt, Norfolk

    2015    Travelling Light, Quercus Gallry, Bath

    2011    Still Here at greenroom, Manchester curated by Blank Media collective.

    2010    Measured Space at Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery, Malton. North Yorks. 

    2009    Sightlines at Salford Museum & Art Gallery including curation of works from Salford’s                  permanent collection 

    group exhibitions

    2016 

    Opening Exhibition The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon

    Buy Art Fair, Manchester, represented by Staithes Studios

    Open Exhibition, The Old Station Gallery, Rowsley, Derbyshire

    Responses in Colour Artwave West, Morecombelake, Dorset

    Lichfield Art Prize: Finalist, Emporium Gallery, Staffordshire

    A Certain Language Staithes Studios gallery, North Yorkshire

    2015 

    Drawn 2015 The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

    The Still Point Quercus Gallery, Bath

    2014 

    Bristol Affordable Art Fair represented by Columbia Road Gallery

    Quercus Gallery Summer Show

    Hampstead Affordable Art Fair

    2013 

    neo:artprize, neo:artists, Bolton

    Battersea Affordable Art Fair

    New York City Affordable Art Fair

    2012    

    Artlink Stockport Art Galley, Cheshire     

    2011    

    Artificial Light Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

    A Different View, The Barefoot Gallery, Boston Spa, Yorkshire

    No.1: Paint BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester

    Wirksworth Festival Art Trails

    Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield

    Stockport Contemporary Open, Stockport Art Gallery, Cheshire

    2010 
       
    Palace Art Fair, Fulham, London 

    2009

    Buy Art Fair, Urbis, Manchester: represented by Arts&Business

    Art of Ideas II: Arts & Business/Arts Council exhibition selected by Stephen Snoddy, Director of Walsall Gallery

    Findings: Valley Artists Towneley Museum & Gallery, Burnley

    Survey gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire

    2008 
      
    Brighton Art Fair

    Haworth Museum & Gallery, Accrington (solo)

    Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.

    2007

    Figura Gallery, Windsor.

    Tony Scrivener & Susan Laughton Firbob & Peacock Contemporary Art, Knutsford,                 Cheshire.

    Brighton Art Fair

    Open Exhibition, Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

    2006

    Troubadour Gallery, Chorlton, Manchester

    Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.

    Haworth Open, Haworth Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire.

    Prelude Art Fair, Spitalfields, London

    Landmarks III  Lowood Gallery, Armathwaite, Cumbria

    2005    Sculptural Possibilities Cupola Gallery, Sheffield. 

    awards:
    2006    Arts Council Grant.

    commissions
    2008    Valley of Stone: art commission and community workshop with five Valley Artists for Groundwork Pennine Lancashire with Heritage Lottery funding to raise awareness of the quarrying heritage of Rossendale.

    studio: 
    Electric Picture House Artists Co-operative, Congleton, Cheshire 2011 -
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    Victoria Mill Arts Centre, Congleton, Cheshire 2010 - 2011
    Valley Artists, Rossendale, Lancashire 2004 - 2010