Suzanne Bethell

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Colour, its potential to excite the eye, engage the heart and awaken the soul is central to Suzanne’s art. Interested in its capacity to alter mood and mind state, her choice of colour palette and materials, like her process of making art, is intuitive. As a painter and mono printmaker who enjoys combining these processes, her work is abstract and experimental, large scale on canvas or board or smaller on paper and continually evolving. Inspired by an emotional response to a sense of time, place or poetry, each piece of work is unique, often blending mixed media with collage. Suzanne says her best work arises when she is in a state of flow, totally immersed in the creative process.

Recent work includes a series of large scale expressive, abstract paintings and an Urban Series of unique screen prints loosely inspired by architecturally exciting, regeneration areas of Manchester. In 2020 she was shortlisted for the national printmaking Flourish Award and a finalist at Manchester’s inaugural HOME open exhibition, attracting ten thousand visitors. Since her first solo exhibition at the Pankhurst Centre, Manchester in 1995 she has exhibited widely throughout the UK. Recent exhibitions include: the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2020-21); HOME, Manchester (2020); The Porthminster Gallery, St Ives (2019); The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2018); Surface Gallery, Nottingham (2019); King Street Studios, Lancaster (2018); Waterside Arts, Greater Manchester (2019), The Hepworth Print Fair, Wakefield (2019) and Manchester Art Fair (2019, 2018).