3 August – 24 September 1989
Susan Wilson is a New Zealand-born artist who is. according to the news reaching us, making an increasing impact on the art scene in Britain. Newly appointed as a tutor at the Royal Academy Schools in London she has also been the Fellow in Painting at Cheltenham School of Art, Gloucester and the 1985 winner of the Richard Ford Scholarship to Spain and is recognised as one of the promising young painters in Britain.
Originally from the Canterbury town of Waikari. Susan Wilson spent most of her youth in Auckland before arriving in London in 1976 where she took art courses at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. Writing from London in April this year she says, "I grew up in Southland and North Canterbury and although I left long ago, the memory remains fresh. I now live in inner London by the Portobello Road. I began to paint when I first moved here and it was here that I went to art school, giving up my job as a nurse in the intensive care Unit at St Thomas's Hospital.
"Now in the steely cream white canyon rows of neoclassical terraces – the streets full of market flotsam and jetsam, bottles, cards and old shoes, I dream of the open plains of Spain and of the South Island valleys where long ago and far away I ran as a child.
"I made these paintings in my back room studio in London. Last August, when I was home, as I went about the country I made these drawings."
There will be a special viewing and an opportunity to meet the artist at the Gallery on Tuesday 19 September at 5 p.m. All welcome.
('Susan Wilson', Bulletin, No.64, July/August 1989, p.3)
Exhibition number 442
Robert McDougall Art Gallery - main gallery