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Susanne BARRETT

Susanne Barrett is an artist whose contemporary style covers a diverse range of topics. Born in Sydney she moved with her family to the Sunshine Coast in 1980. Barrett’s early career as a science teacher no doubt explains her interest in the more analytical side of painting, colour and design, and her willingness to experiment with different media and methods.
With a great love of rural and outback Australia, its vastness and rich tapestry of colour, her paintings have a brilliance of colour and spirit which truly capture the unique character of the Australian wilderness. Barrett achieves this effect in both her abstract and impressionist works by layering colour and texture continuously throughout the painting process. Eventually after layers of rich glazes, bold strokes, symbols and marks, some semblance of a landscape once visited may appear and she follow that path in bringing the painting to a conclusion.
Barrett’s abstract paintings explore the emotional consequences of everyday life, evolving intuitively as a result of day-to-day occurrences. Line-work, collage, texture and colour are essential elements.
Working predominately with acrylic paint she often combines this with other media such as oil, watercolour, charcoal and pastel. Many of her works also feature paper collage used either as a way to create texture or as accents in the finished piece.
Among her achievements, Barrett was commissioned by the Australian Red Cross to design and paint a series of Australian wildflowers used to decorate tiles for the tourist market. Her book on colour and design, “Botanica”, was published in 1998 and she has taught at numerous workshops throughout Australia and overseas.
Barrett’s work is held in private collections throughout Australia and overseas.
Exhibitions
2010 - Gympie Regional Gallery Joint Exhibition
2009 - The Art Factory Joint Exhibition
2009 - Holden’s Gallery Joint Exhibition
2007 - Holden’s Gallery Solo Exhibition
2005 - Glenview Gallery Group Exhibition
Awards
Immanuel Arts Festival 2006 Best Local Artist
Kenilworth Arts Festival 2005 First Prize Landscape

Curriculum Vitae
Bachelor of Science, University of NSW 1970
Diploma of Education, University of NSW 1971
Teacher’s Certificate, 1972