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.