I have made a conscious decision to work on abstraction as it releases me from considerations of myth, history, politics, aesthetics, morality, religion or recognition. It is my belief that abstraction comes from the subconscious mind which is fuelled by the events and visions of the day.
Visual awareness is important but it is the dessicated fragments of light when it touches a surface - translucent, moving or static that is of interest, not how it forms an object. To think in this detached way opens new vistas of speculation and this is the reason I work experimentally with mixed media. The outcome of different materials can be unexpected and unpredictable. Experience with this manipulation, coupled with ones sensitivity which is gained over time, enables balanced decisions about the images.
STUDIED AT: St Albans College of Art
1970 -1973 Central School of Art and Design, London
TEACHING: 1973 -1979 Hitchin College of Adult Education
1975 -1980 Sir John Lawes. Harpenden
1980 -1983 Head of Art, Canons. Harrow
STUDIOS: 1973 -1975 Pirton. Herts
1976 -1978 Formed and ran Queen Street pottery. Hitchin. Herts
1984 - working in U.S.A
1984 -1999 Formed and ran "Suda Designs". Watford. Herts
2000 – 2002 Bungay. Suffolk
2002 - onwards Falmouth Studio
COMMISSIONS: 1984 - 2000 Over 1300 commissions completed, including work for
Ozzy Osbourne, Fern Britton and Eton college
GROUPS: Member of Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives (Vice Chairman 2017)
Portscatho Society of Arts. New Gallery, Portscatho, Cornwall
Member of Lizard Arts
Formed “Abstract 7” group 2013
PUBLICATIONS: Book “Abstraction Unbound” published 2015 ISBN 978-0-94838577-3
Article on Egyptian paste, Ceramics Manual, BLA publications Ltd
Participant in Career paths of visual artists. Arts Council
Times and Echo, St Ives - Frank Ruhrumnd.
“Abstraction Unbound” at the Penwith Gallery. Launched at the first exhibition “Unconscious Statements” of the group “Abstract 7” formed by Sue Davis in 2013.
The book fully justifies the claims by author and art critic Peter Davies. He says “This is a glorified expliqué, a mega statement, by an accomplished abstract painter”.
Sue Davis provides a valuable insight into the world of unbound abstraction but also to art and artists in general.
Review St Albans. Exhibition Hemel Hempsted.
The work has an element of time woven into its layers and is definitely very thought provoking”.
Grelle White – Steam of consciousness.
Sue is fascinated by stones and water and is the kind of person who creates where others might dream”.
Kate Chapman – Seeing is understanding an artists point of view.
Meeting someone like Sue Davis certainly opens one's eyes to the possibility of Art in this rather facile environment in which we live. It is an important part of our daily lives, and with her touch of humour and a sensitifity to be envied, she may well succeed in convincing a lot more people that Art is more important than commerce”.