SUSAN STEELE

Artist biography

Living in the South Hams area, Sue has recently retired from her role as a Head of an Art department in Plymouth. During her Art career, both as an artist and a teacher, her main interest has been exploring the human form. She has accumulated extensive experience teaching Life Drawing at a variety of Art Colleges and Sixth forms, where samples of her recent work can be seen on display.

Since then she has been developing a series of themes. Although she is best known for her work using the human figure, one area she has also worked on is colour and drama in the landscape, where the monumentality of the land and sky is observed and taken onto more abstract pieces.

Her work focuses on observational drawing using the nude as her source and inspiration. All her work is a direct response from the life model. Line is an essential part of Sue’s work and in this body of work she is developing an economical and expressive use of mark making. In order to achieve this she employs drawing with alternative media such as Inks and a straight edge which necessitates a correct mark as all gestures are seen. There is a fluidity in Sue’s work plotting the progress of the piece. A reduced palette also serves as a means to emphasise the dynamics of the line. As well as line, form is implied by the use of dramatic light and dark as well as, (in some pieces), the positioning of warm and cool colour in an ambiguous format.

Sue’s work has immediacy and relies on a direct response as well as close observation of the Human form. She is influenced by a number of artists from Michaelangelo to Egon Shiele and Jenny Saville.