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Sue Ransley - Artist Statement

Sue Ransley is an artist who specialises in painting pictures of everyday people. Her goal is to provide a light-hearted perspective on life, capturing the warmth and humanity of her subjects. Through her artwork, she hopes to evoke a sense of familiarity, allowing viewers to recognize something in the image that reflects someone they know or a certain behaviour.

 

Sue's journey as an artist began later in life, after she experienced an illness and decided to take up painting. Fortunately, she found an art tutor who helped her discover her unique style. The majority of Sue's work is done in oil, although she occasionally explores water-based media as well. When working with oils, Sue starts by drawing with paint. The lines she creates become an integral part of the finished piece. On the other hand, when using water-based media, she skips the initial drawing and dives straight into painting the masses with a loaded brush. This process requires a zen like approach, hence it happens infrequently. Regardless of the medium, Sue's focus is always on capturing the essence of the image rather than getting caught up in finer details.

 

All of Sue's artwork is inspired by people she has observed while engaging in her favourite activity: people watching. Armed with a sketchbook and camera, she immerses herself in the world around her, documenting the moments that catch her eye. Through her paintings, Sue aims to share her unique perspective on everyday life and the people who inhabit it.

Exhibitions

2024

Arundel Gallery Trail - 2 Kings Arms Hill - 17th to 26th August

Surrey Artist Open Studios - 20th to 23rd June

AppArt - selected artist - 30th March to 13th April

Wave - Oxmarket Contemporary - January

Worthing Museum - Open 2023 - to 14 April

Scout - Galleri Heike Arndt, Kettinge Denmark - to end March

Folkestone Art Gallery - Winter Group Show - Jan

Linden Hall Studio - Winter Group Show - Jan

2023

Worthing Museum - Open 2023 - 2 Dec to 14 April

Linden Hall Studio, Deal - Winter Group Show - Dec

Folkestone Art Gallery - Winter Group Show - Dec

Guildford House Gallery - Inaugural Open - Dec

Scout 2023 – International Group Show at Galleri Heike Arndt, Denmark.  Oct to Dec

Surrey Artist of the Year Finalist – New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham – October

Arundel Gallery Trail - 2 Kings Arms Hill – August

Twitter Art Exhibit – Vancouver – postcard art charity fundraiser – June

Galerie Heike Arndt, Berlin – Fresh Legs 2023 international group show. June to Sept

Surrey Artist Open Studios – at The Grafham Room, Bramley – June

Folkestone Art Gallery – Spring Group Show – April

AppArt – selected artist – Priorsfield School – April

The Power of the Pencil – ArtCan virtual anniversary show - April

Guildford Institute – two artist show – April

2022

ArtCan – Breathing Out – International Climate Change Exhibition – December

Legacy - The Crypt Gallery, London – by ArtCan Org & Suna Interior Sept

Arundel Gallery Trail – 2 Kings Arms Hill – August

Arts to Hearts Project - ‘Ready to Wear’ - online Juried Group Show

Oxmarket Open, Chichester – inaugural open call – August

Ryebank Gallery – selected artist ‘Aqua’ exhibition July

Surrey Artists Open Studios - 18th to 26th June

Ryebank Gallery, Rye – Inaugural Open Call Exhibition - May

AppArt - Priorsfield School, Godalming - April

The Lightbox, Woking – ‘Family’ – an 8-artist group show. April

Linden Hall Studio – Winter Group Show – January

2021

Surrey Artist of the Year Finalist - New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham - October

Arundel Gallery Trail - 2 Kings Arms Hill, Arundel - August

Yvonne Arnaud Summer 2021 - Mill Studio - Guildford Arts  - July

Surrey Artists Open Studios - June

Linden Hall Studio - Winter Group Show - Jan

2020

Portrait Artist of the Week featured my 'Robbie Rinder' as part of their title page image. May 2020
Contemporary British Portrait Painters featured 'Plane Spotters' online May 2020
Cass Art featured 'Leopard Print Lover' as part of their online campaign #CassApplause
Linden Hall Studio - Winter Group Show selected artist - January

2019

Red Dog Gallery - 'Wish you were here' show -  October

Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize Finalist, Hampstead

Surrey Open Studios, 7 artists at Venue 94 - Shamley Green - June

AppArt – selected artist – Priorsfield School - April

Creates Gallery Emerging Artist Award, Monmouth - Winner - Feb

Artworks, Group Show at The Oxmarket, Chichester - February

2018...

Red Dog Gallery - December 2018

Chester Art Beat - October 2018

Arundel Gallery Trail – 2013 to 2018

Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter Prize Finalist - July 2018

Surrey Artist Open Studios 2014 to 2018

London Art Show, Coningsby Gallery 2017
The Nehru Centre, with Gabriel Fine Art 2017

Artrooms London, Finalist - January 2017

Clyde & Co w/ Guildford Arts - 2014 and 2017

Previously shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition, & had 2 paintings shortlisted for the Royal West of England Academy show.

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