Suzanne Bethell British
Suzanne Bethell | Painter/Printmaker
Suzanne Bethell is a member of Hotbed Press, Salford and an associate member of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Her studio which overlooks a country park is where she spends a great deal of her time, developing her thought processes and ideas. Having painted and created since early childhood, she has sought to develop her work through diverse means, including attending courses with practicing artists, many of which are based at the St Ives School of Painting here in St Ives and also in Newlyn Art School just across the coast.
Suzanne took a sabbatical from her lecturing role to undertake a Foundation degree in Art, from which she graduated with a distinction in 2000. Recently, she has completed two years of degree level course in Printmaking at Hot Bed Press in Saltford.
“Colour, its potential to excite the eye, engage the heart and awaken the soul lies central to my art. As a painter and printmaker who enjoys combining these processes, I work intuitively. Painting and mono printmaking may be integrated so a piece which begins as a painterly screen-print is worked into using a range of mixed media and collage.
My work is abstract and experimental, often inspired by a sense of time, place or emotion. I am interested in the power of colour to alter mood and mind-state and believe in the existence of an emotional language of mark which we grasp unconsciously."
Recent paintings and prints celebrate joy, vitality and energy through vibrant colours, rising forms and lively marks. There is a playfulness to this work. The Jazz and Fizz pieces make reference to neon city energy and rich, mixed cultural influences with their fluorescent colour, dynamic marks and filigree overlays.
An ongoing Prussian Blue series created as Autumn faded into Winter reflects a pared back time of stillness before regrowth. Predominantly employing blues, the work maximises upon their capacity to be calming, mesmerising and meditative, a capacity reinforced by the use of a fluid horizontal, a mark or line which can be read as tranquil.
Suzanne has exhibited widely in galleries throughout the UK since her first solo exhibition at the Pankhurst Centre, Manchester in 1994. Recent exhibitions include the RSA open, Edinburgh (2018) the Hepworth print fair (2019), Waterside Arts, Sale 2019, Surface Contemporary Gallery, Nottingham (2019), Derbyshire Open Arts, 2019, Manchester Art Fair (2019, 2018 & 2017). Her work is in private collections nationally and internationally.
2019 Manchester Art Fair
2019 Surface Contemporary Gallery Nottingham
2019 Springbank Arts, High peak
2019 Waterside Arts, Sale
2019 PJ Livesey Development, Didsbury
2019 Hepworth Print Fair
2019 Space at the Mill, Castlefield, Manchester
2018 Manchester Art Fair
2018 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2018 King Street Studios, Lancaster
2018 Waterside Arts, Sale
2018 Macc Art Lounge, Macclesfield
2018 Manchester Buy Art Fair with Hotbed Press
2017 Castle Park Arts, Frodsham
2017 Stockport Contemporary Open
2017 New Perspectives, Tatton Park
2017 Bollington Arts Centre, Cheshire Artists Network
2016 The Studios Gallery, High Peak
2016 Macc Art Lounge
2016 Stockport Contemporary Open
2016 Waterside Open, Trafford
2013 Lymm Artists exhibition
2013 Stockport Art Gallery—open exhibition
2003 Pyramid Arts, warrington
2003 Birchwood Park, Warrington
2001 Warrington Art Gallery
1998 Callooh, Callay, Altrincham
1998 Warrington Art Gallery
1994 Pankhurst Centre, Manchester
1992 Stockport Art Gallery: Open exhibition
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