Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Little plywood architectural sculpture: houses, barns, huts

I have recently being working on these little lasercut 18mm thick plywood buildings. They are 12.5cm high, handpainted and gilded. I'm really pleased with the results! They are available from Gallery57 and I am also starting to add some to my online shop here.

My long standing interest in landscape and architecture has always inspired my drawing and painting. Vernacular buildings, both rural and urban, domestic and functional, have found a place in my paintings for some time, no doubt also informed by time as an architectural technician. I am particular drawn to the triangular form of the gable ends of buildings, whether they be simple sheds, northern terraces, suburban 1960’s bungalows, barns or giant warehouses. The move from painting to 3D forms was an instinctive urge, a desire for a more physical, tactile exploration. That exploration encompasses both the formal aspects of architectural, geometric shapes and what they mean in the sense of home, shelter, work and human endeavour and it’s impact on our external and internal landscapes. I think there is also an element of play involved in creating imaginary worlds, remembering the painted wood toy building blocks of childhood.

Monday, 13 April 2020

The Royal Scottish Academy Annual exhibition 2020

The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition is now online from 8th April to 10th May 2020. The Annual Exhibition is the core of the RSA’s exhibition programme, and represents the Academy’s commitment to promoting excellence in visual art in Scotland. In light of the current extraordinary circumstances, the RSA team has been working hard to ensure that the exhibition goes ahead in a new, entirely digital format. 
This is 194th year and I am delighted to say this year my painting Enclosure V, 40x40cm, has been selected.

I also currently have work available online with the &Gallery in Edinburgh and The Stratford Gallery in Stratford upon Avon.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Journey into Landscape, Bircham Gallery, Norfolk

I'm very pleased to have been invited to exhibit in the Journey into Landscape exhibition at the Bircham Gallery in Holt, Norfolk.
Fieldlines III is one of 10 paintings I will be showing alongside work by Nina Archer, Andrew Bird, Elaine Bolt, Celia Wilkinson, Keith Roper and Gordon Senior.
The opening of the exhibition on Saturday 7th March  from 10 - 5pm.
The exhibition then runs until 25th March.
Bircham Gallery, Modern and Contemporary British Art, 14 Market Place, Holt, Norfolk

Monday, 3 February 2020

Sculptural paintings

About a year ago I started work on these ‘sculptural paintings’ but was then busy with commissions and a solo show. I’m returning to them now and have made the first ones available from my online shop here.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Artist Focus, &Gallery, Edinburgh

Resonance IV
40 x 40cm

Susan Laughton | Artist Focus | 24 - 30 January 2020 at the &Gallery.

During the month of January and the first half of February 2020, the &Gallery in Edinburgh will host a series of shows in the gallery's second room, while keeping a winter mixed show in the front room.
Artist focus will put a different artist in the spotlight each week and I am pleased to be featured from 24 - 30 January.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Winter exhibition: &Gallery, Edinburgh

Resonance II, 30x30cm

I am delighted to be included along side a group of fantastic artists in the Annual Winter exhibition at the &Gallery in Edinburgh. A selection of drawing, collage, paintings, sculptures and glass pieces by artists who regularly exhibit in the gallery.⁣
⁣30th November - 21st December 2019⁣
⁣Opening preview 30th November from 2-4 pm.⁣
⁣Artists include Rebecca Appleby, Joy Arden, Jonathan Barber, Helen Booth, Fiona Byrne-Sutton, Michael Craik, Liz Douglas, Jana Emburey, Jo Hummel, Jeffrey Cortland-Jones, Susan Laughton, Karine L├ęger, Elfyn Lewis, Jai Llewellyn, James Lumsden, Andrew Mackenzie, David Mankin, Annie Mulvey, Gillian McFarland, Mary Morrison, Ele Pack, Lorraine Robson, Anke Roder, Anna Somerville, Elaine Speirs, JFK Turner and Hanna ten Doornkaat.⁣

Monday, 2 September 2019

Small Works at The Stratford Gallery

Small Works: exploring the power of small paintings at The Stratford Gallery. The exhibition opening is at 3pm on Saturday 7th September and continues until 28th September 2019. I have several paintings in the exhibition including Deep sleep 20x20cm (above). Being restricted to a small area or surface pushes the boundaries of what is possible to portray with impact.  Many of the world's most celebrated artworks are small in scale, big in stature.  This exhibition is a celebration of that sentiment. There is also work by Angela Lizon RWA, Philip Lyons, Anna King, David Storey, Zoe Taylor, Jane Ansell, Jo Oakley, Catherine Knight, Susan Laughton, Debbie George, Ruth Winding, Laura Wade, Gareth Edwards RWA,Harriet Porter and Anna Clegg.