Thrilled to be a feature artist on the popular American art website, Artsy Shark

Featured Artist Susan Skuse

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“Duet” (Sarus Cranes) Aerosol and Oil on Coffered Panel, 92cm x 83cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

I read once that the principal task for an artist is to find their own work and do it. “You can’t do anyone else’s work,” the author said, “and no one else can do yours.”

 

“Pale Headed Morning” (Pale Headed Rosella) Lithographic Ink, Aerosol and Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

But finding out just what it is can be a lifelong quest.

 

“Pardalotes” Aerosol and Oil on Canvas, 61cm x 51cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

For me, the answer came when I tried just putting all the things I loved most together–brilliant colour, repetitive pattern, see-through layering and realistic painting, especially of birds. Things started to click and people began to respond positively to my work.

 

“Connectivity” (Rainbow Lorikeets) Lithographic Ink, Aerosol and Oil on Canvas, 91cm x 91cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

My approach is driven by process and philosophy. Everything in the universe is really one thing, and I am a part of that thing, too. I am always looking to develop a feeling of connectedness with nature.

 

“Double Date” (Rainbow Bee Eaters) Aerosol and Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

The backgrounds in my work are very important. Rather than the viewer having an experience like looking at a photograph with everything laid out with equal clarity, I try to create the sensation of being inside an environment surrounded by receding semi-transparent layers of half-glimpsed shapes and patterns.

 

“Wrensday Morning #1” (Superb and Splendid Fairy Wrens) Aerosol and Oil on Canvas, 51cm x 61cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

My bird subjects, painted in oils in a realistic style, are intended to “pop out” of these backgrounds, a contrasting counterbalance to their environments.

 

“Forest Gem” (Buff Breasted Kingfisher) Lithographic Ink, Aerosol and Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

It is a three part painting process.

 

“We Are Family” (Australian Magpies) Lithographic Ink, Aerosol and Oil on Canvas, 101cm x 80cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

First, I lay down a loose, fluid and intensely coloured background layer in which the mingling of pigments provides the chance for happy accidents.

 

“Rainforest Dream” Lithographic Ink, Aerosol and Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

Then I start work with aerosol paints and/or airbrush and my ever-growing collection of custom made stencils and masks. I work very much by intuition here, with no pre-determined plan, just layering colour and pattern until a satisfying composition is achieved.

 

“Learning to Fly” (Sulphur Crested Cockatoos) Lithographic Ink, Aerosol and Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm by artist Susan Skuse. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

 

Then I look at it for a good long time and see what bird subjects the canvas suggests to me. The final stage is tweaking and tonal rebalancing where necessary.

 

Artist Susan Skuse invites you to follow her on Facebook and her Gallery Website.

 

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New Works on show at Montville Gallery (Razorback Gallery display space), Montville where I will be feature artist for the month of June 2018

Learning to fly. web
Susan Skuse | Learning to Fly | Oil and Aerosol on stretched canvas | 102 x 102 cms | $1950 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville.
Budgies on a mission.web
Susan Skuse | Budgie Business | Aerosol and Oil on stretched canvas | 60 x 150 cms | $1250 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville, Queensland.
A forest conversation.web
Susan Skuse | Forest Conversation | Oil and aerosol on stretched canvas | 61 x 91 cms | $1200 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville, Queensland.
All Dressed up and Nowhere to Go.web
Susan Skuse | All Dressed up and Nowhere to go (Crimson rosella and Rose crowned fruit dove) | oil and aerosol on stretched canvas | 91 x 61 cms | $1250 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville Queensland.
Boobook Babies.web
Susan Skuse | Boobook Babies | Oil and aerosol on stretched canvas | 46 x 46 cms | $500 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville, Queensland.
Crows, Rose, Michelangelo's.web
Susan Skuse | Crows, Rose and Michelangelo’s | 91 x 61 cms | Oil and aerosol on canvas | $1250 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville, Queensland.
Figbirds.web
Susan Skuse | Figbirds | 60 x 60 cms | Oil and aerosol on stretched canvas, framed | $650 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville Queensland.
Frog hunting seminar wip 3.web
Susan Skuse | Frog catching seminar (Cattle egrets) | Oil and aerosol on stretched canvas | 71 x 101 cms | $1300 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville Queensland.
Here's Looking at You, Kid.web
Susan Skuse | Here’s Looking at You, Kid (Yellow tufted honeyeater, striated pardalotte, blue-faced honeyeater),  Oil and aerosol on stretched canvas | 71 x 101 cms | $1300 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville, Queensland.
Redbacks.web
Susan Skuse | Redbacks (Red backed wrens) | Oil and aerosol on stretched canvas, framed | 84 x 84 cms | $1300 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville, Queensland.
Three's a crowd - Eastern Rosellas.web
Susan Skuse | Three’s a Crowd (Pale Headed Rosellas), 71 x 122 cms | Oil and aerosol on stretched canvas | $1400 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville Queensland.
Garden Party #3 New Holland Honeyeaters.web
Susan Skuse | Garden Party #3 – New Holland Honeyeaters } | 60 x 91 cms | Oil and aerosol on stretched canvas | $895 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville, Queensland.
Garden party #4 Cockatiels and New Holland Honeyeater.web
Susan Skuse | Garden Party #4 – New Holland Honeyeater and Cockatiels | Oil and aerosol on stretched canvas | 60 x 91 cms | $895 | Available from Montville Gallery, Montville, Queensland.

Art Lovers Australia Art Prize – what a lovely surprise! To be the winner, that is.

Art Lovers Prize night

Rainforest dream web
Susan Skuse | Rainforest Dream | aerosol and oil paint on stretched canvas | 100 x 100 cms | SOLD through Art Lovers Australia online gallery.

No-one could have been more surprised (or delighted) than me when my painting, Rainforest Dream was announced as the winner of the Art Lovers Australia art prize last month.   The painting will soon be on its way to a new home, as well, which is also very pleasing.

2018 work – January/February

It feels as though I’ve been very busy since the beginning of this year, and taking some time to update this page with my 2018 works to date, I can see why.

 

Apotheosis of the bin chicken 2.web
Susan Skuse | Apotheosis of the bin chicken (Australian white ibis) | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas | 77 x 77 cms | My entry in the upcoming Morris Art Prize
Connectivity.web
Susan Skuse | Connectivity – Rainbow lorikeets | Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas | 77 x 77 cms | available from Montville Art Gallery, Montville, Queensland
Joy of Flight - Major Mitchells.web
Susan Skuse | The joy of flight – Major Mitchell cockatoos | Photo credit Ruth Sandow | lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas | 60 x 90 cms | available from Montville art Gallery, Montville, Queensland.
Life - it's so confusing - Boobook detail.web
Susan Skuse | Life – it’s so confusing (Southern Boobook owls) (detail) | Photo credit Chris Spencer | available from Montville art gallery, Montville, Queensland.
Life - it's so confusing final
Susan Skuse | Life – it’s so confusing – Southern boobook owls, noisy pitta, eastern yellow robin, spangled drongo and Richmond birdwing butterfly | lithographic ink, aerosol and oil paint on stretched canvas | 91 x 91 cms | SOLD by Montville Art Gallery, Montville, Queensland
Pale headed morning.web
Susan Skuse | Misty morning with pale headed rosella | lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on canvas | 60 x 60 cms | SOLD
Rainforest dream web
Susan Skuse | Rainforest Dream | aerosol and oil paint on stretched canvas | 100 x 100 cms | SOLD by Art Lovers Australia online gallery.
Rainforest dream in situ
Susan Skuse | Rainforest Dream | aerosol and oil paint on stretched canvas | 100 x 100 cms | available through Art Lovers Australia online gallery
Secluded glade.web
Susan Skuse | Secluded Glade – Ring necked parrot | acrylic, aerosol paint and oil on canvas | 60 x 40 cms | available through Art Lovers Australia online gallery.
Fluid motion
Susan Skuse | Fluid motoin – Rainbow bee-eaters | acrylic and oil on canvas | 60 x 40 cms | SOLD via Art Lovers Australia online gallery
Pool party #2 final.web
Susan Skuse | Pool Party #2 — Azure kingfisher, redneckeed avoced, crested jacana | lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on stretched canvas | 83 x 59cms | available from Montville Art Gallery, Montville, Queensland

Hillier Skuse represented at Brisbane Art Prize and Life Art Worldwide Expo

Last week was a very busy one, with one half of the team (Sue) up in Brisbane for the Brisbane Art Prize and Life Art Worldwide Expo, while the other half (Steve) manned the gallery.  What can one say?  Well, no experience is ever entirely wasted, and it was a great opportunity to meet and chat at length with wonderful regional artists such as Lyne Marshall, Kym Barrett and Beatrice Prost.  Perhaps we could consider an invitational Art Expo at Hillier Skuse Gallery some time next year?  What do you think?

Susan Skuse filling the unforgiving moment with sixty second's worth of painting, at the Brisbane Art Prize Expo.
Susan Skuse filling the unforgiving moment with sixty second’s worth of painting, at the Brisbane Art Prize Expo.
The Art of Riding on the Wind No. 1 Welcome Swallows a2
Sue’s finalist painting – The Art of Riding on the Wind, No. 1 – Welcome Swallows – acrylic and oil on composite aluminium panel, 400 x 400mm

Invitation to Our first Exhibition Openings – Friday 18th Sept. 6:30 pm

HS-081502 DL Chris Seale Flyer HS-081503 DL Mark Pryer FlyerOur first twin exhibition openings are coming up in a little over a week.   We are excited about the wonderful works our two artists have been producing, and we think you will be too.  It should be a great show and a fun night.

Every day lately, wonderful new works have been coming into the gallery.  Striking and innovative work from David Warren, beautiful romantic works from Tony Duarte and atmospheric seascapes from Leisa O’Brien, just this week.

Our two featured artists have very different ways of reacting to the landscape around them, but love of the natural world is paramount for both of them.  We hope that you will find something that resonates in this show, whether your taste runs to the contemporary, or to the traditional.

For anyone seriously on a mission to acquire that special piece of artwork, pre-show viewing can be arranged by contacting us at contact@hillierskusegallery.com.

Susan Skuse

HILLIER AND SKUSE GALLERY

Dawn Meditation

Skuse, Susan, Meditation
Susan Skuse | Dawn Meditation | Oil on canvas | 910 x 1830mm |$2,750

This is a painting I did for the large group exhibition we have on at the gallery at the moment.  I was aiming not so much for a serious depiction of a horse as something about the symbolic power and grace of the animal.  I was also after a bit of a surreal feeling.  You can see the whole catalogue of wonderful equine-themed artworks here: http://hillierskusegallery.com/

Jewel Box

Jewel Box - Susan Skuse - 2015 Oil on canvas mounted on board 4x panels 30x80 cms
Jewel Box – Susan Skuse – 2015
Oil on canvas mounted on board
4x panels 30×80 cms

Jewel Box is another in the series of paintings I have been doing of Mudgeeraba Creek. I was walking along the edge of the creek one day when I noticed a shaft of light coming in between the tree branches and lighting up the stones on the floor of the creek with a golden glow. The richness of the reflections of leaves and branches, and the shapes and colours of the underlying rocks seemed to create a complicated sort of Rococco pattern; not a collection of mundane objects, but a secret cache of precious things. That’s why I’ve called the work ‘Jewel Box’.