Next month one of Bridgeman’s brilliant Studio Artists Susan Adams will be exhibited in Mall Galleries. Susan’s two paintings below have been selected to be in the Society of Women Artists Exhibition.The New Zealand born Australian artist began a career in science but her passion for painting soon led her away from her PhD. Her works are often figurative and inspired by 1920s and 1930s fashion. In Susan’s own words her work can be described as: Colour, aesthetic, passionate, contemporary, evocative.
Young Frida in a Jacket, 2017, (acrylic and oil on canvas), Adams, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
Big Red Bow, 2016, (acrylic on canvas), Adams, Susan / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
Susan now lives in rural France with her husband, Martin, in their 600 year old home. Though she has a studio she told us recently that she far prefers to paint in the midst of the bustle of life either in the kitchen or, as the weather warms up, she paints in her lovely back garden. Her mother, an artist in the 30s and 40s, has had a big influence on her life as a painter. In fact, in the 1960s her mother bought a large piece of abstract art which, Susan remembers, she liked even if it was slightly controversial at the time! Her images are beautifully bold and thoughtful often feature women so we sought to discover the women who have inspired her most and she told us they were:
The Society of Women Artists was founded in 1857, which is the same year it held it’s first annual exhibition. In the mid 19th Century women were not considered contenders in the art world and the society has contributed to the change in attitude over the years as it has highlighted the value of many stunning artists. This will be the society’s 157th annual exhibition and will have a diverse range of works including paintings, prints and sculptures.
So, if you are around in London this July come and join us as we go and see these stunning paintings at the exhibition: