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. Sue Williams

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"Re-union" "No Angel", 2002
oil/wax/collage on canvas
165x153cm

"Oh", 2001
mixed media on canvas
180x180cm

"No Angel", 2002
mixed media on canvas
180x180cm

(1=artist's collection; 2=col.National Museum & Galleries of Wales; 3=Mostyn Open)



photo: Artes Mundi 2006, the National Museum of Wales;
from the series 'Through the Glass'.


Sue was born in 1956 in Redruth, Cornwall. In the 1970s she studied at Cardiff College of Art, and in 1985/87 did her MA in Fine Art at Cardiff Institute of Higher Education. She has her studio in the Bute area of Cardiff Bay. She has been a member of the 56 Group Wales since 1988, and since 1996 visual arts board member of the Arts Council in Wales.

Artist's Statements: 1) 1995 - "Throughout my work, the investigation of drawing proves to be an immediate and easily resourced medium with which I can produce images. Thus drawing and mark making are of the utmost importance in my work. I have allowed to increase in potency the image of the figure as a subject, human emotions, body language and sign interpreted through action. I am looking at ideas concerning two figures in the arena of a canvas; figures as an event in space and time which enables a sensation of memory and thus allows imagination to function" (quoted from Intimate Portraits, ed. Alison Lloyd, 1995, p.64).

2) 2003 - "I am a woman making self-reflective work, this naturally leads to its categorisation as 'feminine' art, though I have not tried to define my practice in that context. I am fully aware that my work has 'touched' sensitive areas and has in recent exhibitions caused a particular response from other women over the concerns of female vulnerability - this has not been a conscious decision on my part , I am merely taking the time to work out my own vision. My own work focuses on my own vulnerability and at this time it has to be said 'as a woman'." (quoted from Imaging Wales by Hugh Adams, 2003, p.59)

Brief statements by the artist are also published in Painting-Ysbryd.Spirit-Wales, 1998 and Darllen Delweddau by Iwan Bala, 2000, p.76

Teaching experiences:
1987 sessional tutor in fine arts; 1996 part-time tutor at the Faculty of Art & Design at the University of Plymouth in Exeter; BODYWORKS Siriol Productions Cardiff; 1999 drawing programme @ University Wales Institute Cardiff; 2002 Part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Art & Design in Swansea; Fine Art at the Swansea Institute of Higher Education; Photojournalism/Photo Arts Degree Courses at the Swansea Institute of Higher Education; Contemporary Textile Practice in University of Wales, Institute Cardiff

Awards: 1982 Welsh Arts Council Award; 1993 The Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Trust Award; 1995/96 Arts Council of Wales Bursary; 2000 National Eisteddfod Gold Medal Award; Rootstein Hopkins Foundation Award for painting;

Commissions: 1990 Inscape Wales, Oriel, Welsh Arts Council Touring Exhibition; 1994 Theatre Byd, touring exhibition in conjunction with 4 monologues; 1995 Word Overall, Swansea City of Literature Project, Mission Gallery; 2000 UNG - YOUNG - JUNG, Avesta Biennale; 2002 A Propos - a response to Ceri Richards, National Museum & Gallery of Wales,

Residencies: 1991 Glyn Vivian Aert Gallery; 1994 Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Gwent; 1996 Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno; 1998 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; 1999 artist in residence Swansea College; 2002 Drawing in response to Leonardo da Vinvi @ the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea.


Public Collections: South Glamoragn County Council; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea; National Museum & Galleries of Wales; National Assembly for Wales; Contemporary Art Society in Wales; The Orangery @ Margam Park;

International Links: 2001 SITE-ATIONS project Staten Island New York; 2000 UNG - YOUNG - JUNG, Avesta Biennale; Ysbryd Spirit Wales, Le Salle Aragon, Trelaze/France; Le Centre Culturel, Carhaix/France; Le Chambre de Commerceet de lšIndustrie Festival Interceltique de LšOrient/France; The Wimbledon Drawing Exhibition Kuenstlerwerkstatt Bahnhof Westend, SpandauerDamm, BerlinCharlottenberg/Germany;
Sue Williams has exhibited throughout Europe with the following exhibitions/groups: 56 Group Wales; Intimate Portraits; '6 X 6' International Touring Exhibition; Belfast-Cardiff Exchange;

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