Susan Gunn: GROUND

3 May 2016 – 28 May 2016

Event times

Monday to Saturday
Mon 9.30 - 16.30
Tue 9.30 - 17.30
Wed 9.30 - 17.30
Thur 9.30 - 17.30
Fri 9.30 - 16.30
Sat 11.00 - 15.00

Cost of entry


The Portico Library

Manchester, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Piccadilly Gardens
  • Piccadilly Gardens
  • Manchester Piccadilly

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A series of paintings responding to The Portico Library collection and exploring the medium of traditionally made gesso, layered and manipulated to evoke associating references of control and chance, aerial grounds and psychological landscapes.


Through varying factors such as tension in the canvas, the consistency of the gesso and the speed and temperature at which the work is allowed to “dry-out”, Gunn creates landscapes of cracked areas and accidental nuances, engineered but ultimately beyond the control of the artist. Finally grinding down and polishing the surface by hand to a marble finish, the divisions and spatial outlay in the canvases marry regimented geometry defiantly against the organic, free-roaming fissures tenuously embedded in the surface and spilling over the strict linear divisions, refusing to be contained.

Susan Gunn has exhibited widely including exhibitions in association with Contemporary British Painting, Bonhams, The Fine Art Society London, and Arts Council England, with solo exhibitions at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts; and The Crypt, Marylebone, London. A selector and nominator for Axis MA Graduates programme and judge for the Sovereign European Art Prize 2007, Susan has also lectured and taught at Norwich University of the Arts and judged the annual Bishops Art Prize.

As an inaugural member of the UK’s artist run collective, Contemporary British Painting, founded by Robert Priseman, Susan has paintings in public and private collections around the world including the Madison Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, The Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Komechak Gallery, Chicago, and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia. 

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