Susan Laughton

Susan Laughton

Manchester, United Kingdom

About Susan Laughton

Susan Laughton graduated with a BA Hons Art & Design (First) in 2002 after working in architecture for twelve years. Her work is exhibited regularly in the UK and is held in private collections in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia. It has been selected for the Royal West Academy Drawn exhibition, the Royal Scottish Academy Annual exhibition and Fully Awake 5:6 at the Feelands Foundation, London.. She has been professional artist since 2006 and currently works from Vale Artists Studios in Cheshire.
"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 colours from which I construct my own pared down responses. Man made structures in particular impose their presence against the sky: telegraph poles, fences, power lines 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. Focussing on process and materials is important to me as a way of allowing the painting to emerge as an object in its own right. Structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to plan and take risks: to combine control with "˜let's see what happens if...' "

Lichfield Art Prize: Finalist, 2016

John Moores Painting Prize Walker Gallery Liverpool: longlisted, 2012

Education

BA (Hons) Art & Design (First Class) 2002

Exhibitions

solo exhibitions
2019 Balancing Act,&Gallery, Edinburgh
2019 Safekeeping, Staithes Studios Gallery, North Yorkshire
2018 Conscious Perception, The Stratford Gallery
2016 Susan Laughton at the Cold Press, Norfolk
2015 Travelling Light, Quercus Gallery, Bath, October
2011 Still Here, greenroom, Manchester curated by Blank Media collective
2010 Measured Space Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery, Malton, North Yorkshire
2009 Sightlines Salford Museum & Art Gallery including curation of work from Salford’s permanent collection see more
2008 Haworth Museum & Gallery Accrington

group exhibitions:
2021 Tiny yet mighty &Gallery, Edinburgh
2020/21 Structured Gallery 57, Arundel
2020 A Natural Christmas Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire
2020 Winter exhibition &Gallery, Edinburgh
2020 The Art Buyer Autumn show, Putney, London
2020 The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition
2020 Wood: growth patterns Gallery 57, Arundel
2019 Small Works, The Stratford Gallery, Stratford upon Avon
2019 Fully Awake, The Freelands Foundation, London
2019 Constructs of Colour The Old Lock Up Gallery, Derbyshire
2018/19 Organic Form Gallery 57, Arundel
2018/19 Winter exhibition The Stratford Gallery
2018 Initial Sighting &Gallery, Edinburgh
2018 A contour, a curve - the lie of the land Gallery 57, Arundel
2018 JOURNEY The Stratford Gallery, Stratford upon Avon
2018 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2018 Winter The Stratford Gallery
2017 Mixing Signals Kobi & Teal, Frome, Somerset
2017 Gaze, Glimpse: Looking at landscape Gallery 57, Arundel
2017 Ikigai: A reason for living, The Old Lock Up Gallery, Derbyshire
2017 A Time for Reflection, The Stratford Gallery, Stratford upon Avon
2017 Presence, Artwave West, Morecombelake, Dorset
2016 Opening Exhibition, The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon
2016 Buy Art Fair Manchester, represented by Staithes Studios
2016 Responses in Colour, Artwave West, Morecombelake, Dorset
2016 Lichfield Art Prize: Finalist Lichfield Cathedral, Emporium Gallery
2016 A Certain Language Staithes Studios gallery, North Yorkshire
2015 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 'Drawn' 2014 Bristol Affordable Art Fair represented by Columbia Road Gallery
2014 Quercus Gallery Summer Show
2014 Hampstead Affordable Art Fair
2013 Battersea Affordable Art Fair
2013 New York City Affordable Art Fair
2013 neo:artprize exhibition neo:gallery 22, Bolton
2013 Hampstead Affordable Art Fair
2013 Palace Art Fair, Fulham, London
2013 Bristol Affordable Art Fair
2012 Artlink Stockport Art Galley, Cheshire
2011 A Different View The Barefoot Gallery, Boston Spa, Yorkshire
2011 No.1: Paint BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester
2011 Wirksworth Festival Art Trails
2011 Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield
2011 Stockport Contemporary Open Stockport Art Gallery, Cheshire
2011 Northern Lines, Artisan Art Gallery, Bolton
2010 Palace Art Fair Fulham, London
2009 Art of Ideas II : Arts & Business/Arts Council exhibition selected by Stephen Snoddy, Director of the Walsall Gallery
2009 Survey, Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire
2009 Buy Art Fair Urbis, Manchester, represented by Arts&Business
2008 Reveal Rossendale Open Studios
2008 Brighton Art Fair
2007 Tony Scrivener & Susan Laughton Firbob & Peacock Contemporary Art, Knutsford, Cheshire
2007 Brighton Art Fair
2007 Open Exhibition Grosvenor Museum, Chester
2006 Haworth Open Haworth Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire
2006 Prelude Art Fair Spitalfields, London
2006 Landmarks III Lowood Gallery, Armathwaite, Cumbria
2005 Sculptural Possibilities Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

awards:
2006 Arts Council Grant

commissions:
2019 Three large round paintings for a private client.
2019 Two large paintings for a house in California
2019 Large painting for a house in Bath, UK.
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.

selected:
Axis for Artists http://www.axisweb.org/p/susanlaughton/