Susan is an elected member of both the Chartered Society of Designers and the Society of Architectural Illustrators. Official recognition has also come in the form of awards at the Laing Art Competition, Hunting Art Prizes and Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Competition. Her paintings can be found in a number of prestigious collections including those of Dame Janet Baker, the Sir George Martin Trust, Arthur Anderson, Benningbrough Hall, The National Trust, Halifax plc., Natwest Bank and Provident Financial.
Respected and hugely popular contemporary fine artist, Susan Brown hails from Yorkshire, and it was in her homeland that she made the first strides in her future artistic career whilst attending a regional higher education establishment in the late 1970s. Graduating from Leeds Polytechnic with a BA (Hons) degree in 3D Design in 1979, Brown went on to pursue a rewarding and reputable career in the field of interior design, yet all the time was beavering away with her personal passion in the background; her fine art painting. Indeed, Brown’s background in design furnished her with an exceptional command and natural flair for colour, texture and pattern, which when manifest in her weeks of art affords these images a dual quality of both peerlessly technical and undoubtedly aesthetic beauty.
This has led to Brown’s body of personal art being duly recognised and awarded by the fine art industry, with her paintings helping her to walk off with the following accolades over recent times; The Hunting Observer Prize 1997, the Singer Friedlander Sunday Times 2001, the Penrose Purchase Prize for Discerning Eye, 2006, The Lynn Painter Stainer Touring Exhibition Prize, 2008 and a prize winner at the London Lives Exhibition. In terms of showcasing her obvious talents, Brown’s individual pieces and collections have been displayed in open exhibitions including the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and over the years she has been represented at many London and Scottish galleries, whilst Brown’s signature compositions are held in various public and private collections including, The Royal Bank of Canada, HBOS The National Trust, Halifax Plc., Allied Domecq, Sir George Martin Trust, Universities of Sheffield and York and Yorkshire Water to name but three.
Trusting her artistic instincts, Brown feels her compositional needs are best served in the mediums of watercolours and acrylics, and it’s fair to acknowledge that the mainstay of her paintings tend to characteristically be manmade structures, city life per se and the on-going valuation of man’s relationship with his immediate environment. Vibrant and striking illustrative pieces from beginning to end, Brown’s historical pictorial reveals are addressed by the visual pronunciation of architecture and the way in which she, as an artist, routinely explores the rhythm and movement within buildings and interiors. That’s not to say Brown is all about buildings and constructs, as she’s equally at home and graphically adept at the origination of enticing abstract representations, inspired by still life subjects and landscapes which again deliberate knowingly over the eventual fusion and bringing together of texture and pattern.